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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. 2015.
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  • In the background, enigmatically, an audience of puppets bob their heads along with the music.
  • In quiet moments, the dancers will look one another in the eye and gesture urgently and enigmatically.
  • All that was lacking was a cloaked figure holding a crooked staff and gazing enigmatically off into the middle distance.
  • Yet, somewhat enigmatically, improvements in weed control technologies have not reduced the need for such management intensity.
  • All he has to do here is look enigmatically heroic and occasionally get roaring mad.
  • She enigmatically informs him that she murdered her father.
Word Origin and History for enigmatically



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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