indelible

adjective
in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Definition of indelible

1a : that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
b : making marks that cannot easily be removed an indelible pencil
2a : lasting indelible memories
b : unforgettable, memorable an indelible performance

Other Words from indelible

indelibility \ (ˌ)in-​ˌde-​lə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indelible (audio) \ noun
indelibly \ in-​ˈde-​lə-​blē How to pronounce indelible (audio) \ adverb

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Examples of indelible in a Sentence

But the most indelible evening of the rebellion for me was the night I had first got beaten. — Amiri Baraka, The Autobiography of Leroi Jones, 1984 All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 1984 The illustrator of children's books surpasses other artists in the impressionability of his audience; it is beyond calculation, no doubt, what touches will produce an indelible effect, when the receiving surface of a child's psyche is so soft and mysteriously laden and momentous with its own raw energy. — John Updike, New York Times Book Review, 4 Dec. 1983 winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience
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Recent Examples on the Web In Fahey’s eyes, there are six skills required to create unique, indelible pictures: instinct, intuition, curiosity, experience, trust and talent. Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Even though this good thing is coming to an end, the show is leaving us with permanent feels, and indelible lessons about love and life. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 19 Jan. 2022 During her short time as governor, Karpman made indelible strides towards diversity, advocating for Academy membership for dozens of underrepresented composers and songwriters, as well as spearheading the Academy Women’s Initiative. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 13 Jan. 2022 Characters’ experiences, like their fictions, become indelible and living parts of them. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2022 But Woodstock nonetheless holds an indelible place in history. Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2022 But Woodstock nonetheless holds an indelible place in history. David Porter, ajc, 11 Jan. 2022 But Woodstock nonetheless holds an indelible place in history. David Porter, chicagotribune.com, 9 Jan. 2022 But Woodstock nonetheless holds an indelible place in history. David Porter, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of indelible

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for indelible

Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete

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The first known use of indelible was in the 15th century

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22 Jan 2022

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“Indelible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indelible. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for indelible

indelible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of indelible

: impossible to remove or forget
: producing marks that cannot be erased

indelible

adjective
in·​del·​i·​ble | \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl How to pronounce indelible (audio) \

Kids Definition of indelible

1 : impossible to remove or forget He made an indelible impression.
2 : making marks not easily removed indelible ink

Other Words from indelible

indelibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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