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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Another indelible character is Navy Chief Gunner's Mate James Delaney, who survived capture by a German U-boat and a year in a German prison camp. Ray Locker, USA TODAY, "Gripping 'The Unknowns' follows WWI heroes who buried the Unknown Soldier," 21 May 2018 Those themes find their dramatic expression through the play's indelible characters. Marcus Crowder, sacbee, "Sacramento actor takes on biggest role yet in Berkeley Rep's 'Angels in America' revival | The Sacramento Bee," 13 Apr. 2018 Yes, perhaps seeing Duke University basketball phenom Zion Williamson blow through his shoe in the opening minute of Wednesday night’s game against the University of North Carolina will prove more indelible. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "No One Remembers That Other Nike Shoe Failure," 21 Feb. 2019 After many years on the series, 15 books, and countless poignant articles, Russell has made an indelible mark on many who follow his work. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Legendary 'Masterpiece Theatre' Host Russell Baker Has Died," 23 Jan. 2019 Since Adu, who turns 60 today, released her debut LP Diamond Life in 1984, the Nigerian-British singer has not only left an indelible mark on the R&B landscape, but also cultivated a striking signature aesthetic. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 60, Sade’s Signature Beauty Is More Timeless Than Ever Before," 16 Jan. 2019 Next, mark the cut line onto the glass with a fine-tip indelible marker. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 By the president's own account, Dr. Albezem left an indelible impression. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "From Anguished Appeal to Presidential Tweet: The Doctor Who Changed U.S. Policy," 18 Oct. 2018 Theresa loved her grandchildren and took great pride and interest in their growth and development, teaching them valuable lessons and leaving an indelible impression on each of them. courant.com, "Theresa Tracy," 8 June 2018

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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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