Origin of enigmatic
Aínigma (the direct source of English enigma , meaning “a riddle or puzzling situation”) is a derivative of the verb ainíssesthai “to speak in words full of content,” then “to speak in words difficult to understand,” and finally “to speak in riddles,” a progression in meaning that seems very apt in modern life. Ainíssesthai is a derivative of the noun aînos, “tale, story” in Homer, then “meaningful words, praise, tale with a moral, fable, riddle.” This little family of Greek words, like 60 percent of Greek vocabulary, has no known etymology.
Examples from the Web for 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’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Bolotov has been the most enigmatic of eastern Ukrainian leaders on this score.
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|Amy Zimmerman|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Amy Zimmerman|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jake Adelstein|March 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The enigmatic answer is, "Until an evening-morning two thousand three hundred."The Expositor's Bible: The Book of Daniel|F. W. Farrar
Neither servant nor slave accompanied him on these enigmatic journeys, from which he would return calmed and refreshed.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
As the oracles were often enigmatic, they were interpreted by a prophet.
These broken phrases made him shiver, especially as Yetta's expression, at first enigmatic, was now openly sardonic.Visionaries|James Huneker
He had simply babbled on uttering empty phrases, letting slip a few enigmatic words and again reverting to incoherence.Crime and Punishment|Fyodor Dostoevsky