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Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.‘he took the money with an enigmatic smile’
mysterious, puzzling, hard to understand, mystifying, inexplicable, baffling, perplexing, bewildering, confusing, impenetrable, inscrutable, incomprehensible, unexplainable, unfathomable, indecipherable, delphic, oracularView synonyms
- ‘The play, after all, is the very antithesis of the romantic drama its enigmatic title might suggest.’
- ‘Tall and handsome, with heavy-lidded, soulful eyes, he was volatile and enigmatic.’
- ‘He was the most enigmatic and the most provocative painter of the early Soviet period.’
- ‘Art lovers the world over have spent years musing over Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile.’
- ‘These people pop up mysteriously and deliver enigmatic messages before vanishing again.’
- ‘Mostly, though, this stuff is short, enigmatic, insubstantial and exciting.’
- ‘In keeping with its enigmatic image, the origins of the ritual use of the plant are also uncertain.’
- ‘Both boys possess violent streaks, but in the end it may be the enigmatic Stewart who is the scariest of them all.’
- ‘Mom and dad are setting the table for supper, a weird enigmatic smile on their face.’
- ‘An enigmatic character in some respects, Costello played his politics close to his chest.’
- ‘Although the end is enigmatic like a short story, the film's strength is in its dialogues full of irony.’
- ‘Other translators of his work have phoned me, thanking me for unpacking some of his more enigmatic sentences.’
- ‘I'd only vaguely heard of the show, had never listened to it, but his enigmatic message drove me to find out more.’
- ‘This is the story of the enigmatic Catherine Weekes and the mysteries surrounding her.’
- ‘From the enigmatic Chancellor it was interpreted as the closest thing to a job application.’
- ‘Researchers hope that its experimental data will solve some of the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic body.’
- ‘As their names suggest, they make murky music, so quiet and enigmatic they risk going unnoticed in the corner.’
- ‘The enigmatic Duke then disguises himself as a priest in order to observe the events.’
- ‘This news came to us from a York source who must remain anonymous to make them sound more enigmatic and exciting.’
- ‘No. Will the enigmatic young female violinist turn out to be significant?’
Early 17th century: from French énigmatique or late Latin aenigmaticus, based on Greek ainigma ‘riddle’ (see enigma).
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