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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Enigma  \E*nig"ma\,  n.;  pl  {Enigmas}.  [L.  aenigma,  Gr  ?,  fr  ? 
  to  speak  darkly,  fr  ?  tale,  fable.] 
  1.  A  dark,  obscure,  or  inexplicable  saying;  a  riddle;  a 
  statement,  the  hidden  meaning  of  which  is  to  be  discovered 
  or  guessed. 
 
  A  custom  was  among  the  ancients  of  proposing  an 
  enigma  at  festivals.  --Pope. 
 
  2.  An  action  mode  of  action  or  thing  which  cannot  be 
  satisfactorily  explained;  a  puzzle;  as  his  conduct  is  an 
  enigma. 




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