enigma

Definition of enigma

e`nig´ma   Pronunciation: ė`nĭg´må
n.1.A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed.
A custom was among the ancients of proposing an enigma at festivals.
- Pope.
2.An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma.

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