[en-ig-mat-ik, ee-nig-]


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!

Also en·ig·mat·i·cal.

Origin of enigmatic

1620–30; < Late Latin aenigmaticus < Greek ainigmatikós, equivalent to ainigmat- (stem of aínigma) enigma + -ikos -ic
Related formsen·ig·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·en·ig·mat·ic, adjectivenon·en·ig·mat·i·cal, adjectivenon·en·ig·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·en·ig·mat·ic, adjectiveun·en·ig·mat·i·cal, adjectiveun·en·ig·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for enigmatical

Historical Examples of enigmatical

  • As he watched it, the enigmatical light suddenly disappeared.

  • Let us coolly enquire into this enigmatical affair, Mr. Loveyet.

  • And, with this enigmatical remark, he abruptly went back to his shack.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • To this enigmatical answer the Captain made no immediate reply.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • The rest of the face preserved its innocent, tense and enigmatical expression.


    Joseph Conrad

Word Origin and History for enigmatical



1640s, from Late Latin aenigmaticus, from aenigmat-, stem of aenigma (see enigma). Enigmatical in the same sense is from 1570s. Related: Enigmatically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper