Definitions for: Enigma

[n] something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"
[n] a difficult problem

Webster (1913) Definition: E*nig"ma, n.; pl. Enigmas. [L. aenigma, Gr. ?, fr. ?
to speak darkly, fr. ? tale, fable.]
1. A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a
statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered
or guessed.

A custom was among the ancients of proposing an
enigma at festivals. --Pope.

2. An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be
satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an

Synonyms: brain-teaser, closed book, conundrum, mystery, riddle, secret

See Also: perplexity, problem

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