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Definitions for conundrum
kəˈnʌn drəmco·nun·drum

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun

    a difficult problem

Wiktionary

  1. conundrumnoun

    A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.

    Etymology: A word of unknown origin, probably coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as “hocus-pocus” or “panjandrum.”

  2. conundrumnoun

    A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

    Etymology: A word of unknown origin, probably coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as “hocus-pocus” or “panjandrum.”

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conundrumnoun

    a kind of riddle based upon some fanciful or fantastic resemblance between things quite unlike; a puzzling question, of which the answer is or involves a pun

    Etymology: [Origin unknown.]

  2. Conundrumnoun

    a question to which only a conjectural answer can be made

    Etymology: [Origin unknown.]

Freebase

  1. Conundrum

    Conundrum is an original novel written by Steve Lyons and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice. A prelude to the novel, also penned by Lyons, appeared in Doctor Who Magazine #208. This novel is the fourth book in the "Alternate Universe cycle" which continues until No Future.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Conundrum

    kon-un′drum, n. a sort of riddle containing some odd or fanciful resemblance between things quite unlike: any puzzling question. [Ety. dub.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conundrum in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conundrum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of conundrum in a Sentence

  1. Hillary Clinton:

    I've gotten kind of used to it but it does sort of still pose this conundrum: How is a woman supposed to behave? Well how about the way she is and then people should figure out her instead of her having to figure out everybody else.

  2. Valerie Szybala:

    The regime’s big conundrum was that it was unable to carry out offensives on multiple fronts, the ceasefire allowed them to focus militarily on a few key areas. Their continued military actions have been tolerated by the international community because no-one wants to see the ceasefire dead.

  3. Joshua Tucker:

    The conundrum is that the platforms are terrified of being accused of political bias, when they enforce any sort of content moderation policy, the huge tech companies have a lot to lose if they alienate one side of the political spectrum. At some point, the other side will be in power.

  4. Eduardo Vilaro:

    But meanwhile, the arts are what's keeping the human connection alive in social media, it's remarkable. It's quite a conundrum.

  5. Yvette Clarke:

    It's a real conundrum, the administration has proven itself to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared to manage the department of House Homeland Security and this particular situation is due to its own ineptitude.

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  • لغزArabic
  • башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
  • загадка, гатанкаBulgarian
  • hádankaCzech
  • gåde, ordgåde, hovedbrudDanish
  • Qual der Wahl, Rätsel, Vexierfrage, Rätselfrage, Entscheidungsfrage, Scherzfrage, Frage, DilemmaGerman
  • σπαζοκεφαλιά, αίνιγμα, δίλημμα, γρίφοςGreek
  • acertijo, enigma, interrogante, dilema, adivinanzaSpanish
  • معماPersian
  • kompakysymys, kompa, pulma, arvoitusFinnish
  • casse-tête, problème, dilemme, énigmeFrench
  • rejtvény, dilemma, találós kérdésHungarian
  • առեղծված, գլուխկոտրուկ, հանելուկArmenian
  • teka-tekiIndonesian
  • enigma, dilemma, rompicapoItalian
  • Japanese
  • თავსატეხიGeorgian
  • conundrumLatin
  • dilemma, raadsel, hersenbrekerDutch
  • zagadkaPolish
  • adivinha, dilemaPortuguese
  • головоломка, дилемма, загадкаRussian
  • dilemmaSwedish
  • muamma, bilmeceTurkish
  • câu hỏi hóc búaVietnamese

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