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enigma

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of enigma

  1. something hard to understand or explain how Thomas Jefferson could be both a slaveholder and a champion of liberty remains an enigma Synonyms of enigma closed book, conundrum, mystery, head-scratcher, mystification, puzzle, puzzlement, riddle, secretWords Related to enigma brainteaser, case, challenge, knot, matter, perplexity, poser, problem, stumper, trouble

Synonym Discussion of enigma

mystery, problem, enigma, riddle, puzzle mean something which baffles or perplexes. mystery applies to what cannot be fully understood by reason or less strictly to whatever resists or defies explanation.
    • the mystery of the stone monoliths
problem applies to a question or difficulty calling for a solution or causing concern.
    • problems created by high technology
enigma applies to utterance or behavior that is very difficult to interpret.
    • his suicide remains an enigma
riddle suggests an enigma or problem involving paradox or apparent contradiction.
    • the riddle of the reclusive pop star
puzzle applies to an enigma or problem that challenges ingenuity for its solution.
    • the thief's motives were a puzzle for the police


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