beyond (all) recognition


: to such a degree as to look completely different and be unrecognizable
The renovations changed the house beyond (all) recognition.

Examples of beyond (all) recognition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The weapon’s payload of metal fragments struck a market, piercing windows and walls and wounding some victims beyond recognition. Alexander Cardia, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 Identifying the dead has been a massive undertaking that has drawn out for more than a month, requiring DNA samples from family, dental experts and dealing with remains that are burned beyond recognition. Corina Knoll, New York Times, 16 Sep. 2023 Most of the original homes in Trousdale Estates have been torn down or remodeled beyond recognition, yet this stunning architecturally significant estate remains true to Lotery’s original vision. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 29 Aug. 2023 Ten other bodies were burned beyond recognition, the officials said, and would be identified through DNA tests. Lynsey Chutel, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Confronted with bodies ripped to pieces and limbs mangled beyond recognition, doctors working in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region are left with no choice but to live through the mental anguish of amputation after amputation, Eve Sampson reports. Mikhail Klimentov, Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2023 The intensity of the flames fueled by wood, carpet and other materials probably charred some bodies beyond recognition. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2023 The banyan tree remains standing, appearing to have withstood the flames, ash covering its gnarly branches and multiple trunks, against a backdrop of rubble and items charred beyond recognition, according to accounts from the decimated town. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2023 The dogs and their handlers have taken on the harrowing job of searching through the ruins to identify human remains that might be burnt beyond recognition, so authorities can begin the process of matching them with names and notifying families. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 14 Aug. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'beyond (all) recognition.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near beyond (all) recognition

Cite this Entry

“Beyond (all) recognition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!