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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The Jordan shove and the Iverson step-back become indelible images in our mind, as do dominant dynasties and one-year wonders. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Jackson's photo won the Pulitzer Prize and remains one of the most indelible images in U.S. history. al, "Detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 Millions of people watched the shooting on live television, but Jackson’s photo, which won the Pulitzer Prize, remains one of the most indelible images of the 20th century. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "James Leavelle, Dallas detective handcuffed to history, dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 From landmark museums to secluded island homes, Frank Lloyd Wright’s works have left an indelible impression on the American imagination. William To, azcentral, "Love in the time of loss: ‘Shining Brow’ and the life of Frank Lloyd Wright," 30 Aug. 2019 It's been even more decades — six, to be exact — since Barbie made her debut, making an indelible impression on generations to come, and sparking nostalgia in former collectors like me. Marci Robin, Allure, "Pür Is Launching a Huge Barbie Makeup Collection — and Yes, Everything Is Pink," 26 July 2019 For decades, Björk has been renowned for layering synthesizers and electronic effects on top of her indelible singing voice to push pop music's boundaries (not to mention music videos full of cutting-edge CGI). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Björk made music’s first “VR pop album”—she opens up about its heartbreak," 13 Sep. 2019 The losses had an indelible effect on Mr. Frank’s art. Andrew Marton, Washington Post, "Robert Frank, influential photographer who captured ‘The Americans,’ dies at 94," 10 Sep. 2019 Johnny Depp created an indelible character there, where Murphy (who looks nothing like Moore) must devote his energies to conjuring Moore's proto-rap storytelling cadence. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dolemite Is My Name': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 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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