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unspeakable

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adjective un·speak·able \-ˈspē-kə-bəl\

Simple Definition of unspeakable

  • : very bad or evil

  • : impossible to describe in words

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of unspeakable

  1. 1 a :  incapable of being expressed in words :  unutterable b :  inexpressibly bad :  horrendous <unspeakable living conditions> <unspeakable evil>

  2. 2 :  that may not or cannot be spoken <the bawdy thoughts that come into one's head — the unspeakable words — L. P. Smith> <unspeakable collections of consonants — Rosemary Jellis>

unspeakably play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of unspeakable in a sentence

  1. the unspeakable horror of war

  2. <continually encountered unspeakable beauty in their travels through the Alps>



14th Century

First Known Use of unspeakable

14th century


UNSPEAKABLE Defined for Kids

unspeakable

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adjective un·speak·able \ˌən-ˈspē-kə-bəl\

Definition of unspeakable for Students

  1. 1 :  impossible to express in words <unspeakable beauty>

  2. 2 :  extremely bad <unspeakable conduct>

unspeakably \-blē\ adverb




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