enigmatical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj enigmatical not clear to the understanding "I didn't grasp the meaning of that enigmatic comment until much later","prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Enigmatical 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Enigmatical relating to, containing, or resembling an enigma: obscure: puzzling
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Quotations

  • Aldous Huxley
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    “The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.”
  • Edward Dahlberg
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    “Everything ultimately fails, for we die, and that is either the penultimate failure or our most enigmatical achievement.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. énigmatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. ænigma—Gr. ainigmaainissesthai, to speak darkly—ainos, a fable.

Usage

In literature:

Could anything be more extraordinary, more enigmatical?
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
This enigmatic consolation alarmed Renovales.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
An enigmatical sentence of S. Paul's suggested the stigmata.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
An enigmatical sentence of S. Paul's suggested the stigmata.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It was not a young face, but it was very handsome, and it was enigmatic.
"The House in the Mist" by Anna Katharine Green
They haunted her dreams, now, instead of their enigmatic writing.
"Omnilingual" by H. Beam Piper
And it is he one encounters almost solely in the music of the third period, the enigmatical little pieces for orchestra and piano.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
He shuddered again, involuntarily, thinking about that enigmatic leader.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
There was no explaining the conceit; it was just one of those whimsies which are alike plausible yet enigmatical.
"One Wonderful Night" by Louis Tracy
If she found the reply enigmatical she did not say so.
"The Heather-Moon" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
It makes him hard to follow, oracular, and enigmatical.
"Critical Miscellanies, Vol. 1, Essay 5, Emerson" by John Morley
The connection between Everett and Charles Barclay appeared to be of this enigmatical order.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
She glanced at Ronny, who returned the glance with an enigmatical smile.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Leavitt's failure to appear seemed sinister and enigmatic.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
Why did the academicians select such enigmatic and obscure protectors?
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
The lady, if kind and reassuring, was also somewhat enigmatical.
"Half a Hero" by Anthony Hope
Here the vague faces of the streets, the hurrying, enigmatic figures pumping in and out of offices and stores gather to sleep and breed.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The combined stares of all parties, including the enigmatic glance of Eemakh, calmed the spluttering Voorhis.
"A Transmutation of Muddles" by Horace Brown Fyfe
All this time Mrs. Brady quietly toasted bread and broiled bacon while there hovered on her lips an enigmatic smile.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
Her conduct is a little enigmatical.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, November, 1878" by Various
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In poetry:

A loss is always enigmatic.
I hunt for clues to no avail,
And rack my brains in fruitless torment:
Death has no lineaments at all.
"In Memory of Marina Tsvetaeva" by Boris Pasternak
Found on a fading album page,
Dim will it seem and enigmatic,
Like words traced on a tomb, a relic
Of some long dead and vanished age.
"Lyric written in 1830" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
I, lingering in your palaced town,
Asudden, 'neath some beetling pile,
Catch sight of Dante's awful frown,
Or Vinci's enigmatic smile;
"Florence" by Alfred Austin
While at her side another went
With gleams of enigmatic white?
A spirit who distributes scent,
To vale and height,
In footsteps of the rosy light?
"Occult" by Madison Julius Cawein
Yet certain fearless souls have dwelt
Within that haunted pile;
Among them she, whose portrait still,
With enigmatic smile,
Lights up the mansion, like a gem
Set in a tarnished diadem;--
"Villa Pliniana" by John Lawson Stoddard
And there were verdurous courts that scalloped arches wreathed,
Where fountains plashed in bowls of lapis lazuli.
Through enigmatic doors voluptuous accents breathed,
And having Youth I had their Open Sesame.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger

In news:

These enigmatic hominids left Africa in a previously unsuspected migration around 1 million years ago, a team led by Pääbo and Max Planck graduate student Johannes Krause reports in a paper published online March 24 in Nature.
Enigmatic cityscapes by Paul Madonna.
Chris Matthews examines John F Kennedy, one of the most enigmatic US presidents, in a book rich in insights.
0 Director Chris Marker was an enigmatic figure in French film.
Arriving to investigate from Riga , Latvia's capital, is an enigmatic police major.
Peru offers innumerable sights and destinations that clients should not miss during their travels in this enigmatic country.
Director David Lynch is the reigning master of the uneasy dream, the enigmatic detail, the nook where atmosphere ultimately becomes the story.
A September collapse featuring two straight series sweeps by Detroit has the enigmatic White Sox sinking toward the Cubs' homely perch in the baseball standings, with less than two weeks remaining in an unsightly season.
Museum-goers will get the chance to explore the complexities of enigmatic art movements when Surrealism and Beyond: In the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
Anthony Hopkins plays the enigmatic Master of Suspense .
The Enigmatic One-And-Done UConn Forward Is Proving Himself To NBA Scouts.
The enigmatic actor reflects on his one man show and a lifetime spent in and out of the spotlight.
Smell is a powerful and evocative sense yet also a deeply enigmatic one.
There is no end to literary projects examining Abraham Lincoln, one of our nation's most enigmatic heroes.
He was certainly the most enigmatic.
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In science:

However, his interpretation of the redshifts remained enigmatic for a long time.
Models of universe with a polytropic equation of state: I. The early universe
Clearly there is more to be learned from these enigmatic stars.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
The metric in (2.3) is enigmatic because there is a semi-infinite tube, isometric to R× S3 with the obvious homogeneous metric, near φ = 0.
On The Conformal Field Theory Of The Higgs Branch
Also Geminga, originally an enigmatic Cos B source, is not really a counterexample, because Geminga could only be physically identified after many years, when ROSAT discovered that it was a long-period Pulsar and determined its period, which was subsequently confirmed by EGRET.
HEGRA Observations of Galactic Sources
Various important results on the microturbulence, mass-loss, circumstellar environment, atmospheric velocity fields, and the Yellow Evolutionary Void of these enigmatic stars are summarized.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
The currently favorite value for the total matter density is Ωmatter ≈ 0.3, including the enigmatic dark matter contribution.
Report to Anaximander: A Dialogue on the Origin of the Cosmos in the Cradle of Western Civilization
This brings us closer to recent proposals that this order is realized in the enigmatic pseudogap phase of the cuprate high temperature superconductors.
Broken time-reversal symmetry in strongly correlated ladder structures
Eta Carinae is an extremely enigmatic ob ject on many fronts.
The world according to the Hubble Space Telescope
Our findings make the issue where is the onset of QGP formation at first enigmatic.
Strangeness and Quark Gluon Plasma
The bottom panel shows the enigmatic 410 Hz QPO also seen for this source during this outburst.
An observational review of accretion-driven millisecond X-ray pulsars
As Bothun, Impey & McGaugh (1997) emphasize, giant LSB galaxies are quite enigmatic from the point of view that they normally formed their spheroidal component, but no conspicuous stellar disk ever formed around their bulge.
Low-Surface-Brightness Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. I. Search Method and Test Sample
We found ten new giant LSB galaxy candidates in addition to the 15 previously known giant LSB galaxies or Malin 1-like ob jects, underlining the potential of the SDSS for the study of these enigmatic LSB ob jects.
Low-Surface-Brightness Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. I. Search Method and Test Sample
This model has attracted much attention, and is particularly appealing as the same diquark correlations can be used to explain the enigmatic scalar mesons below 1GeV as being diquarkantidiquark states [5, 6].
A model realisation of the Jaffe-Wilczek correlation for pentaquarks
Costa’s outline of the new discoveries made by the Italian satellite BeppoSAX, whose multi-waveband instrumentation enabled observers to finally find optical, radio, and X-ray counterparts to the enigmatic sources of the bursts.
Matters of Gravity, the newsletter of the APS TG on gravitation
We recognize that the mechanism of implantation and retention/loss of volatile elements like Te and Xe in the very fine diamond crystallites is still enigmatic.
Neutrino fluence after r-process freeze-out and abundances of Te isotopes in presolar diamonds
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