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English definition of “enigma”


noun [C]     /ɪˈnɪɡ.mə/
something that is mysterious and seems impossible to understand completely : She is a bit of an enigma. The newspapers were full of stories about the enigma of Lord Lucan's disappearance .Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of enigma noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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