Adjective "enigmatic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.
  1. 'An enigmatic character in some respects, Costello played his politics close to his chest.'
  2. 'He was the most enigmatic and the most provocative painter of the early Soviet period.'
  3. 'The enigmatic Duke then disguises himself as a priest in order to observe the events.'
  4. 'Although the end is enigmatic like a short story, the film's strength is in its dialogues full of irony.'
  5. 'These people pop up mysteriously and deliver enigmatic messages before vanishing again.'
  6. 'Researchers hope that its experimental data will solve some of the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic body.'
  7. 'Both boys possess violent streaks, but in the end it may be the enigmatic Stewart who is the scariest of them all.'
  8. 'This news came to us from a York source who must remain anonymous to make them sound more enigmatic and exciting.'
  9. 'The play, after all, is the very antithesis of the romantic drama its enigmatic title might suggest.'
  10. 'This is the story of the enigmatic Catherine Weekes and the mysteries surrounding her.'


1. resembling an enigma, or a puzzling occurrence, situation, statement, person, etc.; perplexing; mysterious: She has a perpetually enigmatic expression on her face. This is the most enigmatic book I have ever read!

More examples(as adjective)

"ministers can be enigmatic in comments."

"people can be enigmatic."

"smiles can be enigmatic."

"people/places/organizations can be enigmatic."

"leaders can be enigmatic."

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Early 17th century: from French énigmatique or late Latin aenigmaticus, based on Greek ainigma ‘riddle’ (see enigma).