noun, plural e·nig·mas; Chiefly Archaic e·nig·ma·ta [uh-nig-muh-tuh] /əˈnɪg mə tə/.
- enharmonic modulation,
Origin of enigma
Examples from the Web for enigma
As great as this feat was, an equally demanding test followed: to conceal from the Nazis that Enigma had been beaten.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The name is "an enigma even to me," Taylor says -- an appropriately mysterious moniker to make spiritual music under.Leaps of Faith: Wrestling With Uncertainty and Finding Grace Through the Music of Hiss Golden Messenger|Howard Wolfson|March 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lil B is a mystery wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a song about Ellen Degeneres.2 Chainz, Snoop Lion, and More Rappers in the Kitchen|Filipa Ioannou|August 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The prodigious computer genius, who took his own life Friday at age 26, remains an enigma to those unaware of his many projects.Aaron Swartz, 26, Programmer, Outspoken Advocate of Free Information|Nina Strochlic|January 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Despite her many high-profile projects, Carine Roitfeld still manages to maintain a sense of enigma in the public mind.Carine Roitfeld Talks About New Harper’s Bazaar Job at French Institute in New York|Misty White Sidell|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I propose an enigma; only I am not cruel like the Sphinx and will not devour you if you fail to guess.The Hero of the People|Alexandre Dumas
But he was not thinking of her as the Napoleonic enigma personified.
There was nothing else left to do; after that he would allow the enigma to drop into the abyss of undiscoverable things.Return of the Native|Thomas Hardy
The two men stared at all this, wondering what lay behind it, until on a sudden the enigma became clear to both of them.Despair's Last Journey|David Christie Murray
She was the spirit of the enigma, the very personification of the Napoleonic sphinx.
Word Origin for enigma
1580s, earlier enigmate (mid-15c.), from Latin aenigma "riddle," from Greek ainigma (plural ainigmata), from ainissesthai "speak obscurely, speak in riddles," from ainos "fable, riddle," of unknown origin.