V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an intricate and difficult problem with a seemingly impossible solution; 2. a trick riddle in which a fanciful question is answered with a pun on words

Synonyms: perplexity, enigma, problem, stickler, hitch, brain-teaser, mystery, riddle

Antonyms: answer, solution

Tips: A conundrum is a puzzle in which the pieces don't seem to fit and the solution defies logic. When learning conundrum, think of the related word quandary. Remember, a quandary is a state of indecision when a choice must be made, but where the choice is not obvious. When people find themselves in a quandary, they have a conundrum. The origin of the word conundrum is unknown, so even that is a puzzle.

Usage Examples:

Janet's conundrum was how to balance a full-time job with family and her continuing education. (problem, perplexity)

The conundrum of the defense team is that their main and most credible witness is currently in a coma. (hitch, stickler, problem)

Well, it looks like you've got yourself in quite a conundrum; good luck solving this mess. (perplexity, hitch)

When he couldn't solve the conundrum, he went to his friends for help. (mystery, riddle)

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