- 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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Related Words for enigmaticambiguous, obscure, cryptic, dark, doubtful, equivocal, incomprehensible, indecipherable, inexplicable, inscrutable, occult, oracular, perplexing, puzzling, recondite, secret, teasing, uncertain, unfathomable, unintelligible
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Contemporary Examples of enigmatic
And, as the enigmatic front man to an avant garde indie rock group, he is droll, perceptive, and splendidly weird.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Bolotov has been the most enigmatic of eastern Ukrainian leaders on this score.Inside Putin's Rigged Ukraine Election
May 12, 2014
Not since Gwyneth Paltrow's “conscious uncoupling” has one term been so intriguing, and so enigmatic.Avril Lavigne’s Dumb ‘Hello Kitty’ Video Is Rife with Cultural Appropriation
April 25, 2014
Betty Draper burst onto the small screen with an undeniable presence befitting the wife of the enigmatic Don Draper.Every Woman Don Draper’s Hooked Up With on ‘Mad Men’
April 13, 2014
But even after his alleged identification, there are still more questions than answers about the enigmatic creator of Bitcoin.Mysteries Continue to Swirl Around the Identity of Bitcoin’s Creator
March 11, 2014
Historical Examples of enigmatic
There was an enigmatic smile bending the scarlet lips as she answered.Within the Law
All trace of stress and strain had left it, replaced by an enigmatic calm.The Bacillus of Beauty
There was the enigmatic dimness, though not dense darkness, of the night.A Spirit in Prison
Had he been happily inspired to speak so to him of the girl he loved, the enigmatic Wilhelmine?
There was an enigmatic smile on his lips whilst he awaited Juve's reply.
Word Origin and History for enigmatic
1640s, from Late Latin aenigmaticus, from aenigmat-, stem of aenigma (see enigma). Enigmatical in the same sense is from 1570s. Related: Enigmatically.