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Examples of imperturbable in a Sentence
Although he seems outwardly imperturbable, he can get very angry at times.
the chef was absolutely imperturbable—even when the kitchen caught on fire
Recent Examples of imperturbable from the Web
Helias, who has one of the strongest, darkest sounds in the history of the double bass, tends to stay in freebop territory, whether leading the long-running Open Loose or lending imperturbable support as a sideman.
With each account of Smalls’ progress, up to his postwar political success as one of the first African Americans elected to the House of Representatives, one’s admiration for his seemingly imperturbable drive grows.
When his colleagues offered solos, Pizzarelli played chugging rhythm guitar with an imperturbable sense of time, bassist Martin Pizzarelli likewise keeping the music moving gently forward.
Nathalia Arja, so explosively energetic, and Rainer Krenstetter, elegant and almost imperturbable, were as vivid as the tiresome third movement would allow.
Tact, stamina and an imperturbable, meticulous approach help.
With Celia Jimenez articulating imperturbable rhythms on electric bass and adding vocal lines of her own, Maqueque sounded fuller than the sum of its parts.
Then came a year when Sam—always the steady one, the imperturbable base—
His is a discerning shtick of which the Southerner is king: wicked-sounding but affectionate, droll, imperturbable above all.
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Did You Know?
There is an interesting time lag between the appearance of "imperturbable" and its antonym, "perturbable." Although "imperturbable" is known to have existed since the middle of the 15th century, "perturbable" didn't show up in written English until 1800. The verb "perturb" (meaning "to disquiet" or "to throw into confusion") predates both "imperturbable" and "perturbable"; it has been part of English since the 14th century. All three words derive from Latin perturbare (also meaning "to throw into confusion"), which in turn comes from the combination of per- and turbare, which means "to disturb." Other relatives of "imperturbable" include "disturb" and "turbid."
Origin and Etymology of imperturbable
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsunflappable, nerveless, unshakable
Antonymsperturbable, shakable (or shakeable)
Related Wordscalm, collected, composed, cool, coolheaded, icy, nonchalant, placid, self-collected, self-composed, self-possessed, serene, steely, tranquil, undisturbed, unperturbed, unruffled, unshaken, untroubled, unworried
Near Antonymspanicky; aflutter, anxious, dithery, edgy, het up, hung up, jittery, jumpy, nervous, nervy, perturbed, shaky, tense, troubled, uneasy, upset, uptight, worried
Synonym Discussion of imperturbable
- kept a cool head
- the composed pianist gave a flawless concert
- the nurse stayed calm and collected
- harried but unruffled
- the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling
- a nonchalant driver
IMPERTURBABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of imperturbable for English Language Learners
: very calm : very hard to disturb or upset
IMPERTURBABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of imperturbable for Students
- an imperturbable teacher
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