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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
Her enigmatic visage stares out from T-shirts and jewelry, coffee cups, ash-trays, posters, tequila bottles — and now has a Barbie iteration.
Ignore the noise and read Robert Klemko’s ongoing series about the enigmatic quarterback.
There's a gravity and seriousness to her expression, and an enigmatic vibe that seems reminiscent of a very famous work to one Detroit art expert.
The New York Times marveled over her enigmatic smile and deft diplomatic touch.
The enigmatic, sensual delights of Sicily are, of course, no big secret.
The enigmatic Hamidou Diallo committed two fouls, two turnovers and failed to score a point, grab a rebound or gain credit for an assist.
Sonically, Abyss X traverses DIY R&B and textured jazz deconstructions, all foregrounded by her enigmatic vocals.
Story follows enigmatic candy manufacturer who stages contest offering free tour of factory and lifetime supply of candy to winners.
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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
Definition of enigmatic for English Language Learners
: full of mystery and difficult to understand
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