Examples of enigma in a Sentence
- Despite the enigma of the singularity, the big bang theory is unquestionably one of the most successful ideas in the history of science. —Tom Yulsman, Astronomy, September 1999
- Many scholars call it the ultimate enigma of the Nazi era, indeed perhaps of modern history: How did the Holocaust happen? And why in Germany? —Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times, 10 Jan. 1998
- Indeed, the bond that in every individual connects the physiological life and the psychic life—or better the relation existing between the contingence of an individual and the free spirit that assumes it—is the deepest enigma implied in the condition of being human, and this enigma is presented in its most disturbing form in woman. —Simone de Beauvoir, translated and edited by H. M. Parshley, The Second Sex, 1953
To his friends, he was always something of an enigma.
one of the great enigmas of our time
Recent Examples of enigma from the Web
Its origins and evolutionary history are still a bit of an enigma, but viral DNA left behind in the bones and teeth of ancient people from the Asian steppe may help reconstruct part of our long history with the disease.
Westworld season 2 is a puzzle wrapped in an enigma, shrouded by mystery.
The effect is vaguely surreal, as of an enigma at once charged and neutralized.
All these questions point to the central enigma of the Holocaust, which has variously been interpreted as a premeditated action and as a barbaric improvisation.
This year’s team, like its new head coach, is a bit of an enigma.
The third overall pick from the 2008 draft, Hosmer has been something of an enigma since first cracking the Royals’ lineup in 2011.
Lorca was something of an enigma prior to the episode that became available on CBS All-Access Sunday night.
Kudlow is something of an enigma—a life-long advocate of free markets who, since joining Trump’s team has emerged as an ardent defender of import tariffs.
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Are you an enigma?
A person who is described as an enigma is a bit of a mystery. You never know what that person is really thinking, or what his or her motives for doing something are. An enigma is not easily understood especially because he or she has a confusing mixture of qualities that seem to be in opposition to one another—for example, the attention-seeking but reclusive musician, or the brilliant lawyer who gets lost on the drive home from the grocery store.
The word enigma originally referred not to people but to words, and specifically to words that formed a riddle or complicated metaphor that tested the listener's or reader's alertness and cleverness. This meaning is clearly connected to the word's history. Enigma comes from a Greek word that means "to speak in riddles."
The word enigma didn't jump from referring to riddles to referring to people. In between those uses, it was (and still is) applied to things that puzzle people. Egypt's meticulously constructed Pyramids of Giza or a theory of quantum physics, for example, might be described as enigmas. In these uses, the meaning is simply a figurative extension of the original "riddle" sense.
Synonym Discussion of enigma
- the mystery of the stone monoliths
- problems created by high technology
- his suicide remains an enigma
- the riddle of the reclusive pop star
- the thief's motives were a puzzle for the police
ENIGMA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of enigma for English Language Learners
: someone or something that is difficult to understand or explain
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