Synonyms for riddle
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English Synonyms and Antonyms
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.
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riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun
a difficult problem
a coarse sieve (as for gravel)
pierce with many holes
"The bullets riddled his body"
set a difficult problem or riddle
"riddle me a riddle"
separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff
permeate, pervade, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue, riddleverb
spread or diffuse through
"An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"
fall into place, circulate, spread, infiltrate, interpenetrate, sink in, soak, penetrate, bottom, disperse, circularize, propagate, pass around, spread out, filter, come home, disseminate, perforate, dawn, hue, click, diffuse, broadcast, screen, distribute, percolate, fan out, circularise, get across, fathom, imbue, get through, permeate, pervade
speak in riddles
explain a riddle
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There's a big meta question -- to what extent do economic gains actually filter into political behavior. That is the riddle.
The discovery of a single skull of a child, in such a remote location within the cave system adds mystery as to how these many remains came to be in these remote, dark spaces of the Rising Star Cave system, it is just another riddle among many that surround this fascinating extinct human relative.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.
The ring ... really helped us to solve this riddle.
Translations for riddle
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- prosít, hádanka, proděravětCzech
- Rätsel, durchlöchern, enträtselnGerman
- κόσκινο, αίνιγμα, εξηγώ, τρυπώ, λύνω, γρίφος, ξεδιαλύνω, κοσκινίζω, κρισάραGreek
- plagar, agujerear, harnear, adivinanza, cribar, harnero, acertijo, enigma, cribaSpanish
- puhkoa, rei'ittää, arvoitus, siivilä, siivilöidä, arvata, vilistäFinnish
- cribler, énigme, devinaille, devinetteFrench
- dubh-fhacalScottish Gaelic
- rejtvény, rejtély, talányHungarian
- cospargere, setacciare, risolvere, crivellare, riempire, spiegare, forare, enigma, scolino, setaccio, indovinelloItalian
- pere, pangaMāori
- raadsel, doorzeven, raden, zeven, doorspekt, doordringenDutch
- rzeszoto, zagadkaPolish
- enigma, charada, adivinhas, peneiraPortuguese
- cimilitură, ghicitoareRomanian
- enigma, zagonetkaSerbo-Croatian
- fumbo, mafumboSwahili
- bulmaca, esrarTurkish
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