V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: something that defies explanation
Synonyms: mystery, secret, puzzle, paradox, perplexity
Antonyms: answer, truth, clarity
Tips: In the history of cryptography, the Enigma was a portable cipher machine used to encrypt and decrypt secret messages. Today, an enigma is something that's difficult, if not impossible, to explain--something obscure and mysterious. Enigma is a good word to use for things that are rare and puzzling. Enigma is similar in meaning to paradox and anomaly. Enigma is best used to describe a mystery--either a person or something that is not easily explained or understood. A paradox is more of a puzzle or a contradiction; for example, "the famous paradox of what came first, the chicken or the egg." Finally, an anomaly is an irregularity that seems to differ from the norm. You will often hear anomaly used in a statistical context: if statistically something is supposed to happen, but it doesn't, it's usually characterized as an anomaly. The related adjective is enigmatic, which means "hard to understand or interpret."
Her enigmatic smile made me wonder what was on her mind. (mysterious) adjective
How such an inept person became CEO for a major corporation, is truly an enigma. (mystery, perplexity)
Everyone joked that it was an enigma that the perpetually late employee made it to work on time. (mystery, paradox)
He's very difficult to figure out; an enigma, really. (puzzle, mystery)
Discover How You Can Improve Your
Vocabulary 10 to 100 Times Faster with
the Power Vocabulary Builder
The definition and lessons for the word enigma were made available by the .
The Power Vocabulary Builder will help you develop a fuller, richer vocabulary 10 to 100 times faster than any other program available.
Visit the thesite right now to discover how you can get full access to this breakthrough program today!