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enigma

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnɪɡmə
 
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Definition of enigma in English:

noun

A person or thing that is mysterious or difficult to understand: Madeleine was still an enigma to him
More example sentences
  • His diaries record recurrent struggles to understand the enigma of his own personality, his spiritual emptiness and addictiveness.
  • One critic has said the film is: an enigma, as difficult to like as it is to dismiss.
  • After such a long struggle and the loss of her sons in unequal battles, she understands the enigma of life.
Synonyms
mystery, puzzle, riddle, conundrum, paradox, problem, unsolved problem, question, question mark, quandary, a closed book

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai 'speak allusively', from ainos 'fable'.

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