conundrum definition

  • noun:
    • A riddle by which a fanciful question is answered by a pun.
    • A paradoxical, insoluble, or hard issue; a dilemma: "the conundrum, thus far unanswered, of attaining complete employment without inflation” ( Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)
    • a challenging question or riddle, particularly one utilizing a play on terms into the response.
    • an arduous option or decision that needs to be made.
    • some sort of riddle based on some fanciful or great similarity between things rather unlike; a puzzling concern, that the answer is or involves a pun.
    • A question that just a conjectural solution could be made.
    • A conceit; a tool; a hoax.
    • A riddle in which some strange similarity is recommended for development between things very unlike, or some strange difference between similar things, the solution usually concerning a pun.
    • a challenging issue

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