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Examples of enigmatic in a Sentence
- Space seethes with an enormous enigmatic energy, and, each second, trillions of cubic light-years more of it materializes from nothingness. —Bob Berman, Astronomy, November 2007
- You'll recognize them by their enigmatic smile and faraway look as they jog, skate, commute, or wander the aisles of the supermarket. —Consumer Reports, December 2005
- Despite all that has been written—and surmised—about him, Bill Gates remains the enigmatic ringmaster of the digital circus. —J. D. Reed, People, 15 Mar. 1999
the discovery of the abandoned ship in mid ocean remains one of the most enigmatic episodes in seafaring history
the Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile
Recent Examples of enigmatic from the Web
An enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights.
Perhaps most exciting for the coming year, a worldwide array known as the Event Horizon Telescope, could produce the first image of that most enigmatic of space objects: a black hole.
The trail of court records and social media posts in Grundy's wake reveal an enigmatic young man, whose parents both spent time in prison for drugs.
Details emerging depict an enigmatic man who was active in his community and well-liked in many circles, but who alarmed some who worked most closely with him.
The fossil was so complete, beautifully preserved, and at the same time so enigmatic and bizarre, with a completely unexpected mix of strange features.
Last night’s greatest dancer, or dancers, came in the form of the Theo Adams Company, the explosive and enigmatic performance collective.
John Ashbery, 90, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring, and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died Sunday.
John Ashbery, an enigmatic genius of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant and baffling heights, died Sept. 3 at his home in Hudson, N.Y.
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The Origin of enigmatic Isn't a Mystery
When it comes to things that aren't clearly understandable, you have a wide range of word choices, including dark, enigmatic, cryptic, and equivocal. Of these, dark is the most sinister, implying an imperfect or clouded revelation, often with ominous overtones. Enigmatic (which traces back to Greek ainissesthai, meaning "to speak in riddles") emphasizes a puzzling, mystifying quality, whereas cryptic implies a purposely concealed meaning. Equivocal is the best choice for language that is left open to differing interpretations with the intention of deceiving or evading.
Synonym Discussion of enigmatic
- obscure poems
- muttered dark hints of revenge
- a vague sense of obligation
- enigmatic occult writings
- cryptic hints of hidden treasure
- an ambiguous directive
- moral precepts with equivocal phrasing
ENIGMATIC Defined for English Language Learners
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