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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

ineffability

play \-ˌne-fə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

ineffableness

play \-ˈne-fə-bəl-nəs\ noun

ineffably

play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of ineffable in a sentence

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



Did You Know?

Every tone was a testimony against slavery, and a prayer to God for deliverance from chains. The hearing of those wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness, wrote Frederick Douglass in his autobiography. Reading Douglass's words, it's easy to see that ineffable means "indescribable" or "unspeakable." And when we break down the word to its Latin roots, it's easy to see how those meanings came about. "Ineffable" comes from "ineffabilis," which joins the prefix in-, meaning "not," with the adjective effabilis, meaning "capable of being expressed." "Effabilis" comes from "effari" ("to speak out"), which in turn comes from ex- and fari ("to speak").

Origin and Etymology 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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