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aenigmă , ătis, n., = αἴνιγμα (dat. and
I.abl. plur. aenigmatis, Charis. p. 38 P.), that which is enigmatical or dark in a figurative representation, an allegory; accto Quintilian's expl.: “allegoria, quae est obscurior,Inst. 8, 6, 52; Cic. de Or. 3, 42.—
II. Of other things.
A. That which is dark, obscure, or inexplicable; a riddle, enigma, obscurity: “regina Saba venit temptare eum in aenigmatibus,Vulg. 3 Reg. 10, 1: “obscuritates et aenigmata somniorum,Cic. Div. 2, 64; “aenigma numero Platonis obscurius,id. Att. 7, 13: “legum,Juv. 8, 50: “palam et non per aenigmata Dominum videt,Vulg. Num. 12, 8; 1 Cor. 13, 12.—
B. A mystery; a mystical tenet or dogma in religion, Arn 3, p. 109.
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