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Definition something mysterious that seems unexplainable

The word may also be seen in the proper noun, Enigma Machine. It refers to an encryption device used by Nazi Germany during the second world war. Britain eventually learned to unencrypt messages sent with the machine, but kept that ability a secret.
  • As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
  • It is an enigma. I don't understand it.
  • enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
  • But his thoughts seemed to stumble in the darkness of some not-solved enigma, and soon he fell silent.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • By keenly confronting the enigmas that surround us, and by considering and analysing the observations that I have made, I ended up in the domain of mathematics, Although I am absolutely without training in the exact sciences, I often seem to have more in common with mathematicians than with my fellow artists.
    M. C. Escher
  • I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
    Sir Winston Churchill
  • I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
    Umberto Eco
  • He sent her a quiet, enigmatic look.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • enigmatic = mysterious (not understandable)
  • Your answer, sir, is enigmatical:
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • enigmatical = mysterious and seemingly unexplainable
  • "An enigma," said the sergeant.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
  • When she did speak, her words were enigmatical, "Something is going out."
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • enigmatical = mysterious
  • She has to be because she's the enigma at the centre of the mystery
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • enigma = mystery (something that seems unexplainable)
  • As for that enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel, what is he to you?
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • enigmatic = mysterious
  • That was just another of the enigmas he never solved.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • enigmas = unexplainable things
  • Could she have succeeded in escaping from that enigmatic room?
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • enigmatic = mysterious and seeming unexplainable
  • ...the enigma of what such a little gentleman could have done that deserved a penalty.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
  • Poirot smiled rather enigmatically.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • enigmatically = in a mysterious manner that seems unexplainable
  • I watched curiously as an enigmatic range of emotions flitted across her face.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • enigmatic = mysterious and seeming unexplainable
  • He had simply babbled on uttering empty phrases, letting slip a few enigmatic words and again reverting to incoherence.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • enigmatic = mysterious and seeming unexplainable
  • that answer planted an enigma in Fernanda's heart that she was never able to clarify.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • enigma = unexplainable mystery
  • Paris traffic is an endless enigma regardless of the hour of day or night.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
enigma = mystery

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