Enigmatical
Enigmatic E`nig*mat"ic (?; 277), Enigmatical E`nig*mat"ic*al, a. [Cf. F. ['e]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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • enigmatical — enig·mat·i·cal …   English syllables

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