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 Dictionary entry overview: What does enigmatic mean? 

ENIGMATIC (adjective)
  The adjective ENIGMATIC has 2 senses:

1. not clear to the understanding
2. resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought

  Familiarity information: ENIGMATIC used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

ENIGMATIC (adjective)

Sense 1enigmatic [BACK TO TOP]


Not clear to the understanding


enigmatic; enigmatical; puzzling

Context examples:

I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later / prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries


incomprehensible; uncomprehensible (difficult to understand)

Sense 2enigmatic [BACK TO TOP]


Resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought


enigmatic; oracular

Context examples:

the oracular sayings of Victorian poets / so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it / an enigmatic smile


ambiguous (having more than one possible meaning)

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