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Synonyms for riddle
ˈrɪd lrid·dle

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. riddlenoun

    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:
    conundrum, enigma, paradox, problem, puzzle

    Antonyms:
    answer, axiom, explanation, proposition, solution

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. riddle

    Synonyms:
    puzzle, enigma, ambiguity, problem, paradox

    Antonyms:
    solution, explanation, statement, proposition, axiom

Princeton's WordNet

  1. riddle, conundrum, enigma, brain-teasernoun

    a difficult problem

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

  2. riddleverb

    a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

    Synonyms:
    brain-teaser, enigma, conundrum

  3. riddleverb

    pierce with many holes

    "The bullets riddled his body"

    Synonyms:
    screen, pervade, permeate, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue

  4. riddleverb

    set a difficult problem or riddle

    "riddle me a riddle"

    Synonyms:
    screen, pervade, permeate, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue

  5. riddle, screenverb

    separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

    Synonyms:
    test, imbue, diffuse, penetrate, permeate, sieve, interpenetrate, pervade, screen, block out, sort, shield, screen out

  6. 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"

    Synonyms:
    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

  7. riddleverb

    speak in riddles

    Synonyms:
    screen, pervade, permeate, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue

  8. riddleverb

    explain a riddle

    Synonyms:
    screen, pervade, permeate, penetrate, interpenetrate, diffuse, imbue

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. riddlenoun

    Synonyms:
    enigma, puzzle, dark problem, puzzling question

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. riddlenoun

    Synonyms:
    enigma, puzzle, problem, rebus, crux, conundrum, paradox

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "riddle":

    enigma, conundrum, puzzle, mystery, clue

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How to use riddle in a sentence?

  1. Mark Muro:

    There's a big meta question -- to what extent do economic gains actually filter into political behavior. That is the riddle.

  2. Lee Berger:

    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.

  3. Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939:

    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.

  4. Winston Churchill:

    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.

  5. Chris Casey:

    The ring ... really helped us to solve this riddle.


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