A Word A Day : Enigmatic

Saturday, 29th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : en'ig-mat'ik

1. Difficult to explain or understand

2. Resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought

3. Not clear to the understanding

4. Having more than one possible meaning


Greek ainigmatikos, from ainigma, ainigmat-, riddle - Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigma, from ainissesthai, ainig-, to speak in riddles, from ainos, fable


Obscure, Puzzling, Uncomprehensible, Incomprehensible, Arcane, Cabalistic, Cryptic, Mysterious, Mystic, Mystical, Mystifying, Occult, Puzzling, Unknowable, Inscrutable, Unfathomable, Perplexing, Inexplicable,Ambiguous



Contextual Examples:

• Sometimes she said things that were enigmatic, and he was puzzled.

• We were not aware of the professor's enigmatic grading system.

Related Words:

1. Enigmatical : Adjective

2. Enigma : Noun

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