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Enigmatic vs. Mysterious

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Enigmaticadjective

Pertaining to an enigma.

Mysteriousadjective

Of unknown origin.

‘He received a mysterious phone call this morning.’;

Enigmaticadjective

Mysterious.

Mysteriousadjective

Having unknown qualities.

‘Our boss is a mysterious man who hardly ever meets with us.’;

Enigmaticadjective

Defying description.

Mysteriousadjective

Difficult to understand.

‘Why he left without saying goodbye is quite mysterious.’;

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Enigmaticadjective

(variant) Enigmatical.

Mysteriousadjective

Deliberately evasive or enigmatic.

‘Stop being mysterious and just tell me what you want.’;

Enigmaticadjective

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.

Mysteriousadjective

Of or pertaining to mystery; containing a mystery; difficult or impossible to understand; inexplicable; obscure; not revealed or explained; enigmatical; incomprehensible.

‘God at lastTo Satan, first in sin, his doom applied,Thought in mysterious terms.’;

Enigmaticadjective

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’;

Mysteriousadjective

of an obscure nature;

‘the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms’; ‘a deep dark secret’; ‘the inscrutible workings of Providence’; ‘in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life’; ‘rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands’;

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Enigmaticadjective

resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought;

‘the oracular sayings of Victorian poets’; ‘so enigmatic that priests might have to clarify it’; ‘an enigmatic smile’;

Mysteriousadjective

having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;

‘mysterious symbols’; ‘the mystical style of Blake’; ‘occult lore’; ‘the secret learning of the ancients’;

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