[ US /ɪˈnɪɡmə/ ]
[ UK /ɛnˈɪɡmɐ/ ]
  1. a difficult problem
  2. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
    how it got out is a mystery
    it remains one of nature's secrets
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How To Use enigma In A Sentence

  • She is an enigma wrapped in a riddle trapped in a really bad haircut. Times, Sunday Times
  • Hence the quotation from ‘Shepherd's Hey ’, which is skilfully counterpointed with the ‘Enigma’ theme in bar 25.
  • You beautiful enigma, you Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, you little house on the prairie of the existential oversoul.
  • And that in itself becomes the great terrible mystery of the film - the monstrous enigma that propels the townspeople towards some inexplicable, and therefore, inextricable, oblivion.
  • At dawn alert next day Suwanti chained the dogs away from a round jungle-green enigma then bowled the baby into the hedge to its kind.
  • That explains the enigmatic smile. The Sun
  • The Enigma machine looked like a typewriter in a wooden box, with an electric current travelling from the keyboard through a set of rotors and a plugboard to light up the ‘code’ alphabet.
  • Chinese people have used it for over 2000 years as a purgative medicine, although some scientists consider it a medical enigma.
  • She seemed to exist in a rarefied air of lonely but enigmatic beauty. Times, Sunday Times
  • Mom and dad are setting the table for supper, a weird enigmatic smile on their face.
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