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Origin of enigmatic
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historical usage 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.
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Example sentences from the Web for enigmatic
A talk with this enigmatical cousin would be a proper climax to the triumphs of the night.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
From time to time he would throw to the Nabob across the table a few words enigmatical for all.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
I went up to an empty table, asked for a pot of beer and a newspaper, and sat down not far off from this enigmatical being.Dream Tales and Prose Poems|Ivan Turgenev
"The gods reveal many things to those they love," was Peter Gross's enigmatical reply.The Argus Pheasant|John Charles Beecham
I said, finding this explosion and electrical inspiration rather enigmatical.A Traveler from Altruria: Romance|William Dean Howells