implacable

adjective
im·​pla·​ca·​ble | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpla-kə-bəl How to pronounce implacable (audio) , -ˈplā- How to pronounce implacable (audio) \

Definition of implacable

: not placable : not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated an implacable enemy

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Other Words from implacable

implacability \ (ˌ)im-​ˌpla-​kə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce implacable (audio) , -​ˌplā-​ \ noun
implacably \ (ˌ)im-​ˈpla-​kə-​blē How to pronounce implacable (audio) , -​ˈplā-​ \ adverb

How Should You Use implacable?

Implacable is based on the Latin verb placare, meaning "to calm" or "to soothe." It joins the negative im- to the root to describe something that cannot be calmed or soothed or altered. The root placare also gave us placate. You may ask, what about the similar-looking words placid and placebo? These words are related to implacable and placate, but not as closely as you might suspect. They come from the Latin verb placēre, a relative of placare that means "to please."

Examples of implacable in a Sentence

He has an implacable hatred for his political opponents. an implacable judge who knew in his bones that the cover-up extended to the highest levels of government
Recent Examples on the Web From that day forward, Margaret became her fiercest critic and most implacable opponent. Andrew Morton, Town & Country, "Inside Princess Margaret's Complicated Relationship with Princess Diana," 30 Mar. 2021 Activism and finance may seem an unlikely pairing of two implacable foes. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why some climate scientists are joining the finance industry," 15 Apr. 2021 The reader will surely need this teasing authorial doubleness, as a brace against an implacable darkening. James Wood, The New Yorker, "A Family at Odds Reveals a Nation in the Throes," 12 Apr. 2021 For three decades, Wayne LaPierre has been the implacable face of the gun lobby, a scourge of the left who argued that giving ground on gun control was akin to giving up on America. New York Times, "N.R.A. Chief Takes the Stand, With Cracks in His Armor," 11 Apr. 2021 Black-clad and implacable, she’s filmed almost like an avenging angel. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "The First Masterpiece of 2021 Is Here," 7 Apr. 2021 There should be a kind of liberation in this implacable hatred. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "To Hell with Unity," 2 Mar. 2021 The social contract in the corporation was seen as heartless and implacable. Dennis Jaffe, Forbes, "From Shareholder Primacy To Stakeholder Primacy: How Family Businesses Lead The Way," 24 Feb. 2021 The letter from the Law Department urged for Javier’s release, but ICE has remained implacable. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "A Deportation Nightmare in the Bronx," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of implacable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for implacable

Middle English, from Latin implacabilis, from in- + placabilis placable

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“Implacable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/implacable. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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implacable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of implacable

: opposed to someone or something in a very angry or determined way that cannot be changed

implacable

adjective
im·​pla·​ca·​ble | \ im-ˈpla-kə-bəl How to pronounce implacable (audio) , -ˈplā- \

Kids Definition of implacable

: impossible to please, satisfy, or change implacable enemies

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