adjective \(ˌ)i-ˈne-fə-bəl\

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

Full Definition of INEFFABLE

a :  incapable of being expressed in words :  indescribable <ineffable joy>
b :  unspeakable <ineffable disgust>
:  not to be uttered :  taboo <the ineffable name of Jehovah>
in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty \-ˌne-fə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·ef·fa·ble·ness \-ˈne-fə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·ef·fa·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INEFFABLE

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


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

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, karma, koan, mantra


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