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[en-ig-mat-ik, ee-nig-] /ˌɛn ɪgˈmæt ɪk, ˌi nɪg-/
resembling an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence, situation, statement, person, etc.; perplexing; mysterious: She has a perpetually enigmatic expression on her face.
This is the most enigmatic book I have ever read!
Also, enigmatical.
1620-30; < Late Latin aenigmaticus < Greek ainigmatikós, equivalent to ainigmat- (stem of aínigma) enigma + -ikos -ic
Related forms
enigmatically, adverb
nonenigmatic, adjective
nonenigmatical, adjective
nonenigmatically, adverb
unenigmatic, adjective
unenigmatical, adjective
unenigmatically, adverb
puzzling, baffling, cryptic. See ambiguous. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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  • The reasons that we sleep are gradually becoming less enigmatic.
  • Astronomers are on the verge of explaining the enigmatic variety of galaxies.
  • Like the play, the film unfolds in a series of enigmatic scenes.
  • This book adds spirit and life to our understanding of this enigmatic and important man.
  • Abandoned before birth by her enigmatic father, Rachaela has lived alone since the death of her mother.
  • After finding an enigmatic letter, a divorced woman encounters love.
  • Maybe the documentary will bring fresh insight about the enigmatic entertainer.
  • Menu said all the secrets behind the enigmatic painting have yet to be revealed.
  • He was a poet, a movie maker, a master of the enigmatic object.
  • It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.
Word Origin and History for enigmatic

1640s, from Late Latin aenigmaticus, from aenigmat-, stem of aenigma (see enigma). Enigmatical in the same sense is from 1570s. Related: Enigmatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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