enigma

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Synonyms for enigma

Synonyms for enigma

anything that arouses curiosity or perplexes because it is unexplained, inexplicable, or secret

Synonyms for enigma

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained

a difficult problem

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Circumstances, and a certain bias of mind, have led me to take interest in such riddles, and it may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma of the kind which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
But," said I, "the enigma seems still in as bad a condition as ever.
Upon this discovery I was so sanguine as to consider the enigma solved; for the phrase 'main branch, seventh limb, east side,' could refer only to the position of the skull upon the tree, while 'shoot from the left eye of the death's head' admitted, also, of but one interpretation, in regard to a search for buried treasure.
If most men were like a fellow I saw on the Yarmouth boat one day, I could account for the seeming enigma easily enough.
Elation must have been in his heart, but his face did not reflect it: ever a dark and solitary enigma, he stood aloof from his followers in spirit as in substance.
Heaven knows, unless it is that the persistent clicking of that unfathomable enigma out there in the vast silences of the Sahara has so wrought upon my nerves that reason refuses longer to function sanely.
The baffling enigma of the Chinese character to the West was no baffling enigma to the Japanese.
Plainly, madam, you come to me as an enigma, and you leave me to make the right guess by the unaided efforts of my art.
Whatever the mysterious written words on the cards might mean, the black had selected him twice from the throng for their recipient; and now seemed to have condemned him as deficient in the wit and spirit to engage the enigma.
I think Daddy Jacques did wrong to leave behind him the weapon with which the crime was committed and, as he occupied the attic immediately above Mademoiselle Stangerson's room, the builder's job ordered by the examining magistrate will give us the key of the enigma and it will not be long before we learn by what natural trap, or by what secret door, the old fellow was able to slip in and out, and return immediately to the laboratory to Monsieur Stangerson, without his absence being noticed.
Levin tried to understand him, and could not understand him, and looked at him and his life as at a living enigma.
Levin tried through her to get a solution of the weighty enigma her husband presented to his mind; but he had not complete freedom of ideas, because he was in an agony of embarrassment.
Saxon kissed the little, red satin Spanish girdle passionately, and wrapped it up in haste, with dewy eyes, abandoning the mystery and godhead of mother and all the strange enigma of living.
She stood at the open door, staggering herself with this enigma, on a rainy, thundery evening.
Enigmas and Riddles in Literature is ingeniously organized to make its array of materials most engaging and useful.