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

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Other Words from indelible

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for indelible

Synonyms

memorable, unforgettable

Antonyms

forgettable

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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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In the big eyes and indelible heart of Sheriff Woody, a toy can find no greater satisfaction than to aid and comfort and help launch a child into adulthood, even if that means saying goodbye in the process. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Toy Story 4’ review: Triumph of the spork!," 18 June 2019 This boyhood idyll, Mr. Taliaferro writes, had an indelible effect upon Grinnell, who developed a deep curiosity about the property’s flora and fauna while learning how to hunt and ride. Andrew R. Graybill, WSJ, "‘Grinnell’ Review: The Western Establishment," 14 June 2019 Pebble Beach’s spectacular seaside setting provided the stage for one of the sport’s most indelible performances: Woods’s 15-stroke victory in the 2000 U.S. Open. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Brooks Koepka, Seeking a 3rd Straight U.S. Open Title, Could Be the Star Golf Needs," 13 June 2019 Within these Finals lies indelible, incontrovertible proof of the Raptors as winners, no matter the actual championship result. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "What the Gift of Kawhi Has Given the Raptors," 13 June 2019 The decision is a testament to the lasting and indelible impact of Princess Diana. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "The City of Paris is Paying Homage to Princess Diana in a Very Special Way," 30 May 2019 Since Hadley's involvement, there's been an indelible connection between New York's top designers and one of its biggest social services organizations. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "See How 32 Designers Transform a Dining Room in Just a Few Hours," 3 May 2019 Naomi Campbell has left an indelible mark on the fashion industry. Akili King, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Naomi Campbell! A Look Back at the Supermodel's Most Iconic Beauty Moments," 22 May 2019 While some of the more sweeping manifestations (Modernism, the Lost Generation) had obvious European roots, homegrown movements were making an indelible mark. Welford Taylor, WSJ, "A Town That Changed Literature," 10 May 2019

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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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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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