Definition of indelible
indelibilityplay \(ˌ)in-ˌde-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
indeliblyplay \in-ˈde-lə-blē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of indelible from the Web
While countries such as Ireland and Germany claim a far larger share of ancestral roots among Americans, Americans of Polish ancestry number nearly 10 million and have left an indelible mark on cities including Chicago and New York.
Iverson never won a title, but his size-10 footprints left an indelible impression.
But, like Cheap Trick, while Styx’s new songs are fine, none have the kind of indelible chorus hooks that could ever have stamped them as singles.
Few people made as indelible a mark on San Diego’s arts and cultural scene for as long as Danah Fayman, who died June 18 at her San Diego home at the Meridian downtown.
Going Backwards The Grenfell Tower disaster is becoming the indelible image of London’s summer.
For the family of an inmate, the distance has an indelible impact.
Serving on a murder trial jury left an indelible impression.
Look at her many peers, male peers, who carved indelible benefits into our history.
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Origin and Etymology of indelible
Middle English indelyble, from Medieval Latin indelibilis, alteration of Latin indelebilis, from in- + delēre to delete
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INDELIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indelible for English Language Learners
: impossible to remove or forget
: producing marks that cannot be erased
INDELIBLE Defined for Kids
Definition of indelible for Students
1 : impossible to remove or forget He made an indelible impression.
2 : making marks not easily removed indelible ink
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