enigmatic Definition

difficult to interpret or understand; mysterious.

Using enigmatic: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "enigmatic" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The Mona Lisa's enigmatic smile has puzzled art enthusiasts for centuries.

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    He left an enigmatic message on her answering machine.

  • Example

    The novel's ending is enigmatic and open to interpretation.

enigmatic Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with enigmatic

  • a person who is difficult to understand or predict


    Her enigmatic personality made it hard for others to know what she was thinking.

  • a smile that is difficult to interpret or understand


    The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa has been the subject of much debate among art historians.

  • a person who is mysterious or puzzling


    The enigmatic figure in the black cloak disappeared into the night.

Origins of enigmatic

from Greek 'ainigma', meaning 'riddle'


Summary: enigmatic in Brief

'Enigmatic' [ˌenɪɡˈmatɪk] refers to something that is difficult to understand or interpret, often with a mysterious quality. It can describe people, such as an 'enigmatic personality,' or things, such as the 'enigmatic ending' of a book. Synonyms include 'puzzling' and 'cryptic,' while antonyms include 'clear' and 'unambiguous.'