Synonyms for enigmaəˈnɪg mə; -mə tə

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mystery, enigma, secret, closed book(noun)

    something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

    Synonyms:
    arcanum, brain-teaser, whodunit, conundrum, riddle, secret, closed book, enigma, mystery, mystery story

  2. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teaser(noun)

    a difficult problem

    Synonyms:
    brain-teaser, enigma, closed book, secret, riddle, conundrum, mystery

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. enigma(n)

    Conundrum, a word of unknown origin, signifies some question or statement in which some hidden and fanciful resemblance is involved, the answer often depending upon a pun; an enigma is a dark saying; a paradox is a true statement that at first appears absurd or contradictory; a problem is something thrown out for solution; puzzle (from oppose) referred originally to the intricate arguments by which disputants opposed each other in the old philosophic schools. The riddle is an ambiguous or paradoxical statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed by the mental acuteness of the one to whom it is proposed; the riddle is not so petty as the conundrum, and may require much acuteness for its answer; a problem may require simply study and scholarship, as a problem in mathematics; a puzzle may be in something other than verbal statement, as a dissected map or any perplexing mechanical contrivance. Both enigma and puzzle may be applied to any matter difficult of answer or solution, enigma conveying an idea of greater dignity, puzzle applying to something more commonplace and mechanical; there are many dark enigmas in human life and in the course of providence; the location of a missing object is often a puzzle.

    Synonyms:
    conundrum, paradox, problem, puzzle, riddle

    Antonyms:
    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. enigma(n.)

    Synonyms:
    riddle, puzzle, dark saying, obscure question

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List of paraphrases:

riddle, conundrum, puzzle, mystery, clue


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