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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 of implacable from the Web
They were known for an implacable defense that wore down dominant 1980s teams like Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics and Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the ascendant Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan.
Hackers desperately call, using the redial feature, trying anything to get through, trying to get past a busy signal as implacable as any nightclub bouncer.
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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."
Origin and Etymology of implacable
Middle English, from Latin implacabilis, from in- + placabilis placable
First Known Use: 15th century
IMPLACABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of implacable for English Language Learners
: opposed to someone or something in a very angry or determined way that cannot be changed
IMPLACABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of implacable for Students
: impossible to please, satisfy, or change implacable enemies
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