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indelible

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adjective in·del·i·ble \in-ˈde-lə-bəl\

Simple Definition of indelible

  • : impossible to remove or forget

  • : producing marks that cannot be erased

Full Definition of indelible

  1. 1 a :  that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased b :  making marks that cannot easily be removed <an indelible pencil>

  2. 2 a :  lasting <indelible memories> b :  unforgettable, memorable <an indelible performance>

in·del·i·bil·i·ty play \(ˌ)in-ˌde-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·del·i·bly play \in-ˈde-lə-blē\ adverb

Examples of indelible

  1. But the most indelible evening of the rebellion for me was the night I had first got beaten. —Amiri Baraka, The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, 1984

  2. All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 1984

  3. The illustrator of children's books surpasses other artists in the impressionability of his audience; it is beyond calculation, no doubt, what touches will produce an indelible effect, when the receiving surface of a child's psyche is so soft and mysteriously laden and momentous with its own raw energy. —John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 4 Dec. 1983

  4. <winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience>



Origin of indelible

Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with indelible


INDELIBLE Defined for Kids

indelible

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adjective in·del·i·ble \in-ˈde-lə-bəl\

Definition of indelible

  1. 1 :  impossible to remove or forget <He made an indelible impression.>

  2. 2 :  making marks not easily removed <indelible ink>

in·del·i·bly \-blē\ adverb




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