What does enigma mean?

Definitions 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

    "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets"

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

    a difficult problem


  1. enigma(Noun)

    Something puzzling, mysterious or inexplicable

  2. enigma(Noun)

    A riddle, or a difficult problem

  3. Enigma(ProperNoun)

    A German device used during World War II to encode strategic messages

  4. Origin: From aenigma, from .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Enigma(noun)

    a dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed

  2. Enigma(noun)

    an action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma

  3. Origin: [L. aenigma, Gr. a'i`nigma, fr. a'ini`ssesqai to speak darkly, fr. a'i^nos tale, fable.]


  1. Enigma

    Enigma is an electronic musical project founded in Germany by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. The Romanian-born Cretu conceived the Enigma project while working in Germany, but based his recording studio A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, from the early 1990s until May 2009, where he has recorded all of Enigma's studio releases to date. Cretu is both the composer and the producer of the project. His former wife, pop singer Sandra, often provided vocals on Enigma tracks. Jens Gad co-arranged and played guitar on three of the Enigma albums. Peter Cornelius also contributed to Enigma during the 1990s. Seven studio albums have been produced under the name of the project.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Enigma

    en-ig′ma, n. a statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed: anything very obscure: a riddle.—adjs. Enigmat′ic, -al, relating to, containing, or resembling an enigma: obscure: puzzling.—adv. Enigmat′ically.—v.t. Enig′matise, to utter or deal in riddles.—ns. Enig′matist, one who enigmatises; Enigmatog′raphy, science of enigmas and their solution. [L. ænigma—Gr. ainigmaainissesthai, to speak darkly—ainos, a fable.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of enigma in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of enigma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Larry Taylor:

    The [chemical] reactions in which diamonds occur still remain an enigma.

  2. Joseph Joubert:

    Without the spiritual world the material world is a disheartening enigma.

  3. Winston Churchill:

    I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

  4. Edgar Allan Poe:

    It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.

  5. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Mystery is the wine of this universe. It makes us dizzy and makes us feel happy! Man needs enigma so that he can get rid of the dullness of the reality!

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