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enigmatic

adjective

  1. (incomprehensible)  not clear to the understanding
    Synonyms: enigmatical, puzzling. Similar to: incomprehensible
  2. (ambiguous)  resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought
    Synonyms: enigmatical, oracular. Similar to: ambiguous

Etymology summary

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

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Enigma [disambiguation]

may refer to: Riddle | Puzzle | Enigma Records, a popular rock and alternative American record label in the 1980s | Enigma (musical project), an electronic music project founded in Germany by Michael Cretu | Enigma (UK band), a 1980s band | Enigma (Ill... (39 of 550 words, 55 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigma | enigmatical [adjective, derived]

difficult to understand because it's mysterious, puzzling or ambiguous | a person, thing, or situation that is mysterious, puzzling, or ambiguous (20 of 493 words, 2 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Merriam-Webster:

enigmatic | enigmatical | mysterious [synonym] | arcane [synonym] | cryptic [synonym] | deep [synonym] | impenetrable [synonym] | inscrutable [synonym] | mystic [synonym] | ...

of, relating to, or resembling an enigma; "mysterious" (8 of 228 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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

Oxford Dictionary:

enigmatic | mysterious [synonym] | enigmatical [derived] | enigmatically [derived]

difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious (6 of 63 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/enigmatic

Cambridge Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatically [adverb, derived]

mysterious and impossible to understand completely (6 of 41 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/enigmatic

Macmillan British Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatically [adverb, related]

mysterious and difficult to understand (5 of 39 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

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

American Heritage Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatically [adverb, related]

Of or resembling an enigma; puzzling (6 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigmatic

New World Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatical | enigmatically [adverb, related]

of or like an enigma; perplexing; baffling (7 of 21 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigmatic

Wiktionary:

enigmatic | ænigmatic [archaic, sense-specific] | ænigmatick [obsolete, sense-specific] | enigmatick [obsolete, sense-specific] | Mysterious [synonym, sense-specific] | Enigmatical [synonym, sense-specific]

Pertaining to an enigma. | Mysterious. | Defying description. | Enigmatical. (8 of 14 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/enigmatic

Random House Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatical

resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious. (5 of 12 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/enigmatic

Encarta Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigmatical | enigmatically [adverb, derived]

having a quality of mystery and ambiguity and so difficult to understand or interpret (14 of 38 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861608528​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

enigmatic | 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​/enigmatic

Online Etymology:

enigmatic

First use: 1640s

Origin: Late Latin aenigmaticus, from aenigmat-, stem of aenigma. Enigmatical in the same sense is from 1570s.

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

Merriam-Webster:

enigmatic

First use: 1539

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

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

Oxford Dictionary:

enigmatic

First use: early 17th century

Origin: French énigmatique or late Latin aenigmaticus, based on Greek ainigma "riddle" (see "enigma")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/enigmatic

American Heritage Dictionary:

enigmatic

Origin: Greek ainigmatikos, from ainigma, ainigmat-, riddle; see "enigma".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigmatic

New World Dictionary:

enigmatic

Origin: French énigmatique from Late Latin aenigmaticus

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/enigmatic

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

enigmatic | enigma

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "enigmatic"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

enigmatic

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "enigmatic"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

enigmatic

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

enigmatic

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the Free Dictionary:

enigmatic

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Google Dictionary:

enigmatic

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

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YourDictionary Audio:

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