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riddle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of riddle

  1. something hard to understand or explain his motives for starting an argument with the coach were a complete riddle Synonyms of riddle closed book, conundrum, enigma, head-scratcher, mystification, puzzle, puzzlement, mystery, secretWords Related to riddle brainteaser, case, challenge, knot, matter, perplexity, poser, problem, stumper, trouble

Synonym Discussion of riddle

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

riddle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of riddle

  1. 1 to make a hole or series of holes in several signs along the highway were riddled by buckshot Synonyms of riddle bore, drill, hole, pierce, punch, puncture, perforateWords Related to riddle broach, tap; poke, prick, prickle; penetrate; burrow (into), excavate, gouge, groove, hollow; break, cut, gash, notch, rend, rupture, slash, slit, splitNear Antonyms of riddle fill, patch, plug, seal

  2. 2 to spread throughout the newspaper exposé revealed a gaming commission that is riddled with corruption Synonyms of riddle interpenetrate, percolate (into), pervade, permeate, suffuse, transfuseWords Related to riddle diffuse (through), impregnate, pass (into), penetrate; fill (up); drench, imbue, infuse, saturate, soak, steep; flood, glut



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