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oracular, enigmatic
adj. 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"
enigmatical, puzzling, enigmatic
adj. 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"
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thudding, dull
adj. not clear and resonant; sounding as if striking with or against something relatively soft; "the dull thud"; "thudding bullets"
washed-out, washy, faded, bleached
adj. having lost freshness or brilliance of color; "sun-bleached deck chairs"; "faded jeans"; "a very pale washed-out blue"; "washy colors"
unclear
adj. not clear to the mind; "the law itself was unclear on that point"; "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"
puzzling, perplexing, confusing
adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
puzzling, perplexing, confusing
adj. lacking clarity of meaning; causing confusion or perplexity; "sent confusing signals to Iraq"; "perplexing to someone who knew nothing about it"; "a puzzling statement"
vague, obscure
adj. not clearly understood or expressed; "an obscure turn of phrase"; "an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit"-Anatole Broyard; "their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear"- P.A.Sorokin; "vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science"- John Locke
mirky, turbid, murky, muddy, cloudy
adj. (of liquids) clouded as with sediment; "a cloudy liquid"; "muddy coffee"; "murky waters"
obscure, dark
adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
unfixed, nebulous
adj. lacking definition or definite content; "nebulous reasons"; "unfixed as were her general notions of what men ought to be"- Jane Austen
tough, problematical, problematic, knotty, elusive, baffling
adj. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe; "a baffling problem"; "I faced the knotty problem of what to have for breakfast"; "a problematic situation at home"
indistinct
adj. not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand; "indistinct shapes in the gloom"; "an indistinct memory"; "only indistinct notions of what to do"
muzzy, hazy, fuzzy, foggy, blurry, blurred, bleary
adj. indistinct or hazy in outline; "a landscape of blurred outlines"; "the trees were just blurry shapes"
nebulose, nebulous, cloudy
adj. lacking definite form or limits; "gropes among cloudy issues toward a feeble conclusion"- H.T.Moore; "nebulous distinction between pride and conceit"
wraithlike, shadowy
adj. lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
wraithlike, shadowy
adj. lacking in substance; "strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds"- W.A.Butler; "dim shadowy forms"; "a wraithlike column of smoke"
equivocal
adj. uncertain as a sign or indication; "the evidence from bacteriologic analysis was equivocal"
doubtful, questionable
adj. subject to question; "questionable motives"; "a questionable reputation"; "a fire of questionable origin"
evasive
adj. deliberately vague or ambiguous; "his answers were brief, constrained and evasive"; "an evasive statement"
arcane
adj. requiring secret or mysterious knowledge; "the arcane science of dowsing"
occult
adj. hidden and difficult to see; "an occult fracture"; "occult blood in the stool"
incomprehensible, inexplicable
adj. incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"
cryptical, mystifying, mysterious, inscrutable, deep, cryptic
adj. of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
cryptical, mystifying, mysterious, inscrutable, deep, cryptic
adj. of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
self-contradictory, paradoxical
adj. seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true; "it is paradoxical that standing is more tiring than walking"
fathomless, unfathomable
adj. of depth; not capable of being sounded or measured
recondite, deep, abstruse
adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
recondite, deep, abstruse
adj. difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge; "the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"; "a deep metaphysical theory"; "some recondite problem in historiography"
illegible
adj. (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting"
insoluble
adj. admitting of no solution or explanation; "an insoluble doubt"
veiled
adj. muted or unclear; "veiled sounds"; "the image is veiled or foggy"
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double-barrelled, double-barreled
adj. having two purposes; twofold; "our double-barreled desire to make things profitable as well as attractive"- Louis Kronenbergers
double-edged
adj. capable of being interpreted in two usually contradictory ways; "double-edged praise"
left-handed
adj. ironically ambiguous; "a left-handed compliment"
multi-valued, multivalent
adj. having many values, meanings, or appeals; "subtle, multivalent allegory"
polysemantic, polysemous
adj. of words; having many meanings
obscure, dark
adj. marked by difficulty of style or expression; "much that was dark is now quite clear to me"; "those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure"
elusive
adj. skillful at eluding capture; "a cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist"- David Kline
impenetrable
adj. impossible to understand; "impenetrable jargon"
indecipherable
adj. impossible to determine the meaning of; "an indecipherable message"
unintelligible, opaque
adj. not clearly understood or expressed
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definite
adj. known for certain; "it is definite that they have won"
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