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enigma (noun) mystery; puzzle.
A person is an enigma if they are strange, mysterious and difficult to understand. A child is an enigma to its teachers and parents if they don’t understand it and if they cannot guess what it will do the next minute. A situation is an enigma if it is puzzling and you do not know how to manage it. When a company talking of merger with another company takes no steps towards it, the situation is an enigma, as you are not sure whether it would take place or not.
- The famous writer Goldsmith’s personality was an enigma as no one has been able to explain how such a great genius whose writings are stores of wisdom led such disreputable and dissolute life.
- I just do not find any enigma that many others find in the smile of Mona Lisa. I feel nothing puzzling about it. All that I see in it is the simple plain smile of a beautiful lady.