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.
E`nig*mat"ic*al(?), } a. [Cf. F. nigmatique.] Relating to or resembling an enigma; not easily explained or accounted for; darkly expressed; not clear to the understanding; obscure; puzzling; as, an enigmatical answer; I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatical comment until much later; prophetic texts so enigmatical that their meaning has been disputed for centuries.
Syn. -- dark, obscure, puzzling.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
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