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enigmatic

Syllabification: en·ig·mat·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌenəɡˈmadik
 
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(also enigmatical)

Definition of enigmatic in English:

adjective

Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious: he took the money with an enigmatic smile
More example sentences
  • These people pop up mysteriously and deliver enigmatic messages before vanishing again.
  • From the enigmatic Chancellor it was interpreted as the closest thing to a job application.
  • Researchers hope that its experimental data will solve some of the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic body.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from French énigmatique or late Latin aenigmaticus, based on Greek ainigma 'riddle' (see enigma).

Derivatives

enigmatically

1
Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • When asked why he left India so early in his life, just after finishing school, he merely smiles and enigmatically questions: ‘Why did so many people of my generation leave India at that time.’
  • ‘A few did drop off their twig,’ he replies enigmatically, when asked about suggestions that he has killed as many as 19 people.
  • ‘They are on their way home,’ our guide says, enigmatically.

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