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Origin of enigmatic
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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.
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“Not here,” I answered, with intent to be as enigmatical as himself.A Frontier Mystery|Bertram Mitford
There was a momentary silence and at its end Towers spoke again with just a hint of the enigmatical in his voice.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry|Charles Neville Buck
This gentleman, who is since dead, had always seemed to me somewhat of an enigmatical personage.South African Memories|Lady Sarah Wilson
The enigmatical words made them feel there was something behind.The World For Sale, Complete|Gilbert Parker
For the first time Pemmican's eyes lost their curious tiredness, an enigmatical smile played about the corners of his mouth.The Red Mouse|William Hamilton Osborne