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enigma (problem)

Definition:

a difficult problem

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plurals:

enigmas | enigmata

Type of:

problem » question » subject » message

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin aenigma from Greek ainigma from ainissesthai, to speak in riddles from...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle, especially one whose answer makes a play on words | a puzzling question or problem (16 of 456 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conundrum

Wikipedia:

Conundrum [disambiguation]

may refer to: A riddle whose answer is or involves a pun or unexpected twist | A logical postulation that evades resolution, an intricate and difficult problem | Conundrum (Doctor Who), a 1994 original novel written by Steve Lyons | Conundrum (novel),... (39 of 209 words, 15 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Conundrum

Merriam-Webster:

conundrum | closed book [synonym, sense-specific] | mystery [synonym, sense-specific] | enigma [synonym, sense-specific] | head-scratcher [synonym, sense-specific] | mystification [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzlement [synonym, sense-specific] | riddle [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a riddle whose answer is or involves a pun | a question or problem having only a conjectural answer ; an intricate and difficult problem (24 of 202 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/conundrum

Oxford Dictionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural]

a confusing and difficult problem or question | a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle. (22 of 102 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conundrum

Wiktionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural] | conundra [plural] | brain-teaser [synonym, sense-specific] | enigma [synonym, sense-specific] | puzzle [synonym, sense-specific] | riddle [synonym, sense-specific] | dilemma [synonym, sense-specific]

A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer. | A difficult choice or decision that must be made. (24 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conundrum

Macmillan British Dictionary:

conundrum [countable] | conundrums [plural]

a difficult problem that seems to have no solution | a question asked as a trick that is answered by using words in a surprising way (25 of 49 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/conundrum

New World Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle whose answer contains a pun (Ex.: "What's the difference between a jeweler and a jailer?""One sells watches and the other watches cells.") | ... (24 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conundrum

American Heritage Dictionary:

conundrum

A riddle in which a fanciful question is answered by a pun. | A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma (20 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conundrum

Cambridge Dictionary:

conundrum

a problem that is difficult to deal with | a trick question, often involving a humorous use of words that have two meanings (22 of 41 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/conundrum

Random House Dictionary:

conundrum

a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as "What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper". | anything that puzzles. (28 of 35 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/conundrum

Britannica Encyclopedia:

riddle

deliberately enigmatic or ambiguous question requiring a thoughtful and often witty answer. The riddle is a form of guessing game that has been a part ... (25 of 543 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/503047​/riddle

Columbia Encyclopedia:

riddle

puzzling question, specifically one that consists of a fanciful description or definition of something to be guessed. A famous riddle was asked by the ... (24 of 191 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0841864​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

conundrum | conundrums [plural]

something that is puzzling or confusing | a riddle, especially one with an answer in the form of a play on words (21 of 47 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600041​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

enigma

Origin: Latin aenigma from Greek ainigma from ainissesthai, to speak in riddles from ainos, tale, story from perhaps Indo-European ... (18 of 29 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigma

Online Etymology:

enigma

First use: 1580s

Origin: earlier enigmate (mid-15th century), from Latin aenigma "riddle", from Greek ainigma (plural ainigmata), from ... (15 of 28 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=enigma

Collins Dictionary:

enigma

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai to speak in riddles, from ainos fable, story

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/enigma

Merriam-Webster:

enigma

First use: 1539

Origin: Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigmat-, ainigma, from ainissesthai to speak in riddles, from ainos fable

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/enigma

American Heritage Dictionary:

enigma

Origin: Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai, ainig-, to speak in riddles, from ainos, fable.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigma

Oxford Dictionary:

enigma

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai "speak allusively", from ainos "fable"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/enigma

Wiktionary:

enigma | enigmas [plural] | enigmata [plural]

Origin: Latin aenigma ("riddle"), from Ancient Greek αἴνιγμα (ainigma, "dark saying, riddle").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/enigma

Encarta Dictionary:

enigma | enigmas [plural]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin from Greek ainigma from ainos "fable"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608527​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

enigma | enigmas [plural] | enigmata [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "enigma"

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Collins Dictionary:

enigma

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

enigma [countable] | enigmas [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "enigma"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/enigma

Macmillan American Dictionary:

enigma [countable] | enigmas [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "enigma"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

enigma

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "enigma"

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the Free Dictionary:

enigma

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Google Dictionary:

enigma | enigmas [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "enigma"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

enigma

Audio: North American pronunciation of "enigma"

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YourDictionary Audio:

enigma

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freedictionary.org:

enigma

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