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ineffable

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adjective in·ef·fa·ble \(ˌ)i-ˈne-fə-bəl\

Simple Definition of ineffable

  • : too great, powerful, beautiful, etc., to be described or expressed

Full Definition of ineffable

  1. 1 a :  incapable of being expressed in words :  indescribable <ineffable joy> b :  unspeakable <ineffable disgust>

  2. 2 :  not to be uttered :  taboo <the ineffable name of Jehovah>

in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty play \-ˌne-fə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·ef·fa·ble·ness play \-ˈne-fə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·ef·fa·bly play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of ineffable

  1. <an ineffable beauty descends upon the canyon as the sun begins to set>



Origin of ineffable

Middle English, from Latin ineffabilis, from in- + effabilis capable of being expressed, from effari to speak out, from ex- + fari to speak — more at ban


First Known Use: 14th century

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