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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.

    enigma, brain-teaser, riddle, puzzle

  2. conundrumnoun

    A difficult choice or decision that must be made.


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.

    enigma, paradox, problem, puzzle, riddle

    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun

    a difficult problem

    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. Nathan Bradley:

    To do that you need an email address. You know, the main person is the grandmother who has no Internet access at that, let alone an email. So I am in a conundrum, I guess you could call it.

  2. 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.

  3. Eduardo Vilaro:

    But meanwhile, the arts are what's keeping the human connection alive in social media, it's remarkable. It's quite a conundrum.

  4. Geoffrey Neighor:

    I've been thinking about that old Zen conundrum what's the sound of one hand clapping My personal opinion--nothing. You don't have two hands, you don't have any clapping. It's as simple as that. Stars, galaxies, clapping hands, what's the point The point is that we all need somebody, whether you're a supercluster or a little proton, a yin or a yang. Everybody is hooked into everybody else.

  5. Michael Finke:

    It's a conundrum, because the question is : what drives what ? , many of these effects happen at the same time.

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  • لغزArabic
  • башватҡыс, йомаҡBashkir
  • гатанка, загадкаBulgarian
  • hádankaCzech
  • ordgåde, hovedbrud, gådeDanish
  • Qual der Wahl, Frage, Scherzfrage, Dilemma, Entscheidungsfrage, Rätselfrage, Vexierfrage, RätselGerman
  • σπαζοκεφαλιά, γρίφος, δίλημμα, αίνιγμαGreek
  • interrogante, adivinanza, dilema, acertijo, enigmaSpanish
  • معماPersian
  • pulma, kompa, arvoitus, kompakysymysFinnish
  • dilemme, problème, casse-tête, énigmeFrench
  • találós kérdés, rejtvény, dilemmaHungarian
  • հանելուկ, գլուխկոտրուկ, առեղծվածArmenian
  • teka-tekiIndonesian
  • dilemma, enigma, rompicapoItalian
  • Japanese
  • თავსატეხიGeorgian
  • conundrumLatin
  • raadsel, dilemma, hersenbrekerDutch
  • zagadkaPolish
  • dilema, adivinhaPortuguese
  • загадка, головоломка, дилеммаRussian
  • dilemmaSwedish
  • bilmece, muammaTurkish
  • câu hỏi hóc búaVietnamese

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