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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
Camille Paglia in an interview with the Weekly Standard, June 15: There seems to be a huge conceptual gap between Trump and his most implacable critics on the left.
War strips the disguise aside, and humanity goes plunging into the great, dizzy business of evolution, under the whip of an implacable force.
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.
The US and Iran were still implacable enemies, on paper, but the deal yielded an unprecedented level of cooperation that the Saudis felt was achieved at their expense.
Even secondary objectives, such as presenting Russia as a better friend to the Islamic world than its implacable enemy the United States, were met by Trump's early executive orders.
The people fighting mountaintop removal mining are some of the toughest, most implacable environmentalists alive.
The Soviet leadership considered Reagan an implacable militarist.
While Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, has been implacable in his opposition to considering the nomination, Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said his party should be pragmatic.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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