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Synonyms for enigmatic
ˌɛn ɪgˈmæt ɪk; also ˌi nɪg-enig·mat·ic

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 2 votes

  1. enigmatic

    Equivocal (Latin equus, equal, and vox, voice, word) denotes that which may equally well be understood in either of two or more ways. Ambiguous (Latin ambi, around, and ago, drive, lead) signifies lacking in distinctness or certainty, obscure or doubtful through indefiniteness of expression. Ambiguous is applied only to spoken or written statements; equivocal has other applications. A statement is ambiguous when it leaves the mind of the reader or hearer to fluctuate between two meanings, which would fit the language equally well; it is equivocal when it would naturally be understood in one way, but is capable of a different interpretation; an equivocal expression is, as a rule, intentionally deceptive, while an ambiguous utterance may be simply the result of a want either of clear thought or of adequate expression. That which is enigmatical must be guessed like a riddle; a statement may be purposely made enigmatical in order to provoke thought and study. That is doubtful which is fairly open to doubt; that is dubious which has become the subject of doubts so grave as scarcely to fall short of condemnation; as, a dubious reputation. Questionable may be used nearly in the sense either of dubious or of doubtful; a questionable statement is one that must be proved before it can be accepted. To say that one's honesty is questionable is a mild way of saying that in the opinion of the speaker he is likely to prove dishonest. Equivocal is sometimes, tho more rarely, used in this sense. A suspicious character gives manifest reason to be suspected; a suspicious temper is inclined to suspect the motives and intentions of others, with or without reason. Compare CLEAR.

    Synonyms:
    ambiguous, doubtful, dubious, enigmatical, equivocal, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, obscure, perplexing, questionable, suspicious, uncertain

    Antonyms:
    certain, clear, distinct, evident, indisputable, indubitable, lucid, manifest, obvious, perspicuous, plain, unambiguous, unequivocal, unquestionable, unquestioned

Princeton's WordNet4.8 / 9 votes

  1. enigmatic, enigmatical, puzzlingadjective

    not clear to the understanding

    "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later"; "prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"

    Synonyms:
    puzzling, confusing, enigmatical, perplexing, oracular

    Antonyms:
    comprehensible, comprehendible, unambiguous

  2. enigmatic, oracularadjective

    resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought

    "the oracular sayings of Victorian poets"; "so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it"; "an enigmatic smile"

    Synonyms:
    puzzling, enigmatical, oracular

    Antonyms:
    unambiguous, comprehensible, comprehendible

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. enigmaticadjective

    Synonyms:
    obscure, mysterious, mystic, mystical, dark, occult, recondite, ambiguous, hidden, unintelligible, incomprehensible, puzzling, perplexing

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "enigmatic":

    cryptic, intriguing, slippery, mysterious

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#10949confusing
#11666uncertain
#13380obscure
#13890suspicious
#15385questionable
#16174intriguing
#17795ambiguous
#18828slippery
#20066doubtful
#22231indefinite
#23071dubious
#30028cryptic
#32410puzzling
#36208indeterminate
#37424enigmatic
#53854perplexing
#67973indistinct
#70807equivocal
#153073oracular

How to use enigmatic in a sentence?

  1. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz:

    This it the most enigmatic and mysterious stage of human development, it is a time when the basic body shape is determined.

  2. Erik Pevernagie:

    Human understanding very often remains enigmatic and motivations impenetrable. Many codes remain unbreakable, unless one has the unconditional key. ( " The unbreakable code " )

  3. Nicholas Pyenson:

    It's exciting to know more about the evolution of this enigmatic group, an entire description of a new fossil pygmy sperm whale — that's really valuable.

  4. Tom Harvey:

    There is only one fossil of this enigmatic animal after 30 years of collecting by our Chinese colleagues at Chengjiang, it is exceptionally rare, but it shows us just how strange and varied the shapes of early animals could be.

  5. Christopher Austin:

    Oh, these animals are gorgeous, truly some of the most beautiful and enigmatic lizards in the world, living on one of the most megadiverse islands on the planet, they have other cool traits such as giving birth to live young and adhesive toe pads.


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