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conundrum

[ kuh-nuhn-druhm ]

noun

  1. a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.
  2. anything that puzzles.


conundrum

/ kəˈnʌndrəm /

noun

  1. a riddle, esp one whose answer makes a play on words
  2. a puzzling question or problem


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Word History and Origins

Origin of conundrum1

First recorded in 1590–1600; pseudo-Latin word of obscure origin

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Word History and Origins

Origin of conundrum1

C16: of unknown origin

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Example Sentences

Smartphone cameras automatically try to combat this conundrum by taking multiple pictures at different exposure levels, and then quickly mashing them together to try to even things out every time you press the button.

The pandemic has merely laid bare and made even starker the economic challenges Alberta was already facing—the essential conundrums of boom and bust at the heart of any oil region.

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This, needless to say, is not a new conundrum, but one that philosophers have discussed for as long as there’ve been philosophers.

That has created a little bit of a promotional conundrum for Scroll.

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Primordial magnetism might also help resolve another cosmological conundrum known as the Hubble tension — probably the hottest topic in cosmology.

Public sector unions create a genuine political conundrum for Democrats.

If, upon examining the Palmer conundrum, the answer occurs to you, call (301) 243-9800.

In fact, the communion conundrum highlights the first visible fissure in the church of Francis.

This Fourth of July conundrum was addressed all the way back in 1907, in the esteemed medical journal JAMA.

Take this lack of cooperative instinct and add a competitive situation, and Benenson says you get a real conundrum.

We protest, too, against that class of cases where the metaphor becomes a species of conundrum.

And my conundrum was, Had I lectured my curate, or had my curate lectured me?

This was the feathered conundrum that flitted about before me.

The Irish cook one day proposed to the ship's captain the following conundrum: "Is anny thin' lost whin yeez know where 'tis?"

But I haven't really looked into the question since I gave the conundrum up twenty years ago, on what was then the best authority.

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