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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enigma mean? 

ENIGMA (noun)
  The noun ENIGMA has 2 senses:

1. something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained
2. a difficult problem

  Familiarity information: ENIGMA used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ENIGMA (noun)

Sense 1enigma [BACK TO TOP]


Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


closed book; enigma; mystery; secret

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("enigma" is a kind of...):

perplexity (trouble or confusion resulting from complexity)

Sense 2enigma [BACK TO TOP]


A difficult problem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


brain-teaser; conundrum; riddle; enigma

Hypernyms ("enigma" is a kind of...):

problem (a question raised for consideration or solution)

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