inscrutable


in·scru·ta·ble

adjective \in-ˈskrü-tə-bəl\

: difficult to understand : causing people to feel curious or confused

Full Definition of INSCRUTABLE

:  not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood :  mysterious <an inscrutable smile> <inscrutable motives>
in·scru·ta·bil·i·ty \-ˌskrü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
in·scru·ta·ble·ness \-ˈskrü-tə-bəl-nəs\ noun
in·scru·ta·bly \-blē\ adverb

Examples of INSCRUTABLE

  1. an inscrutable work of art
  2. He was a quiet, inscrutable man.
  3. Of all the myths that have grown up around Alan Greenspan, the most powerful is the idea that he's willfully inscrutable. —James Surowiecki, New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2001

Origin of INSCRUTABLE

Middle English, from Late Latin inscrutabilis, from Latin in- + scrutari to search — more at scrutiny
First Known Use: 15th century

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