- resembling an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence, situation, statement, person, etc.; perplexing; mysterious: She has a perpetually enigmatic expression on her face. This is the most enigmatic book I have ever read!
Origin of enigmatic
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puzzling, baffling, cryptic.
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Examples from the Web for enigmatical
As he watched it, the enigmatical light suddenly disappeared.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Let us coolly enquire into this enigmatical affair, Mr. Loveyet.The Politician Out-Witted
And, with this enigmatical remark, he abruptly went back to his shack.The Night Riders
To this enigmatical answer the Captain made no immediate reply.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
The rest of the face preserved its innocent, tense and enigmatical expression.Chance
Word Origin and History for enigmatical
1640s, from Late Latin aenigmaticus, from aenigmat-, stem of aenigma (see enigma). Enigmatical in the same sense is from 1570s. Related: Enigmatically.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper