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Synonyms for conundrum
kəˈnʌn drəmco·nun·drum

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  1. conundrumnoun

    A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.

    Synonyms:
    enigma, brain-teaser, riddle, puzzle

  2. conundrumnoun

    A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

    Synonyms:
    dilemma

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. conundrumnoun

    Conundrum, a word of unknown origin, signifies some question or statement in which some hidden and fanciful resemblance is involved, the answer often depending upon a pun; an enigma is a dark saying; a paradox is a true statement that at first appears absurd or contradictory; a problem is something thrown out for solution; puzzle (from oppose) referred originally to the intricate arguments by which disputants opposed each other in the old philosophic schools. The riddle is an ambiguous or paradoxical statement with a hidden meaning to be guessed by the mental acuteness of the one to whom it is proposed; the riddle is not so petty as the conundrum, and may require much acuteness for its answer; a problem may require simply study and scholarship, as a problem in mathematics; a puzzle may be in something other than verbal statement, as a dissected map or any perplexing mechanical contrivance. Both enigma and puzzle may be applied to any matter difficult of answer or solution, enigma conveying an idea of greater dignity, puzzle applying to something more commonplace and mechanical; there are many dark enigmas in human life and in the course of providence; the location of a missing object is often a puzzle.

    Synonyms:
    enigma, paradox, problem, puzzle, riddle

    Antonyms:
    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun

    a difficult problem

    Synonyms:
    brain-teaser, enigma, closed book, secret, riddle, mystery

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  1. List of paraphrases for "conundrum":

    enigma, riddle, puzzle, dilemma, mystery

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How to use conundrum in a sentence?

  1. Jacob Hornberger:

    It’s your classic conundrum, whether the Congress should swallow the bad in order to get the good. It’s time to get beyond fighting in the weeds here.

  2. Yvette Clarke:

    It's a real conundrum, the administration has proven itself to be ill-equipped and ill-prepared to manage the department of House Homeland Security and this particular situation is due to its own ineptitude.

  3. Jerome Powell:

    If it was released at some other time, that would maybe keep the transparency but reduce the conundrum aspect and (keep) the focus on the statement of the committee, which is really what the committee actually decided upon.

  4. Valerie Szybala:

    The regime’s big conundrum was that it was unable to carry out offensives on multiple fronts, the ceasefire allowed them to focus militarily on a few key areas. Their continued military actions have been tolerated by the international community because no-one wants to see the ceasefire dead.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    I've gotten kind of used to it but it does sort of still pose this conundrum: How is a woman supposed to behave? Well how about the way she is and then people should figure out her instead of her having to figure out everybody else.

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Translations for conundrum

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  • لغزArabic
  • башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
  • загадка, гатанкаBulgarian
  • hádankaCzech
  • gåde, ordgåde, hovedbrudDanish
  • Qual der Wahl, Rätsel, Vexierfrage, Rätselfrage, Entscheidungsfrage, Scherzfrage, Frage, DilemmaGerman
  • σπαζοκεφαλιά, αίνιγμα, δίλημμα, γρίφοςGreek
  • acertijo, enigma, interrogante, dilema, adivinanzaSpanish
  • معماPersian
  • kompakysymys, kompa, pulma, arvoitusFinnish
  • casse-tête, problème, dilemme, énigmeFrench
  • rejtvény, dilemma, találós kérdésHungarian
  • առեղծված, գլուխկոտրուկ, հանելուկArmenian
  • teka-tekiIndonesian
  • enigma, dilemma, rompicapoItalian
  • Japanese
  • თავსატეხიGeorgian
  • conundrumLatin
  • dilemma, raadsel, hersenbrekerDutch
  • zagadkaPolish
  • adivinha, dilemaPortuguese
  • головоломка, дилемма, загадкаRussian
  • dilemmaSwedish
  • muamma, bilmeceTurkish
  • câu hỏi hóc búaVietnamese

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