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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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 Though his career was short, his impact on American youth and hip-hop is indelible. Brooklyn White, Essence, "Gone Too Soon: Pop Smoke’s Reign Was Just Beginning," 31 Dec. 2020 As Trump leaves office then, he's put an indelible mark on the government's judiciary branch — at least for the foreseeable future. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Trump leaves behind a transformed judicial branch," 29 Dec. 2020 Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez, who presides over Bexar County Court-at-Law No. 13, said Valdez has left an indelible mark. Peggy O’hare,, "‘She definitely saved lives’: Peace laureate and Dignity San Antonio co-founder leaves strong legacy," 28 Dec. 2020 The lessons learned in health-care management as well as medical treatments during the pandemic will make an indelible mark, Jones said. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, "Deaths, virus reports still climbing in Arkansas," 11 Dec. 2020 But in the decades that followed, the firm left an indelible mark on the city. Chase Difeliciantonio,, "Building Bay Area landmarks, Thomas Swan Sign Co. became a vulnerable one itself," 26 Nov. 2020 Murray has brought magic and melodrama to Arizona and the NFL and his competitiveness and enthusiastic zeal to be great is leaving an indelible mark on his teammates and coaches, as well as countless football fans. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "What can the Cardinals and Kyler Murray do for an encore? Find a way to beat the Seahawks," 19 Nov. 2020 After living in New York during those horrific months of March and April, when the virus was first raging through the city, the collective loss of so many human souls was indelible, impossible to shake. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, "Why the Success of the Pfizer Vaccine Trial Is Personal for Me," 14 Nov. 2020 But the combination of their capable camper and the recent immersion into wild environs had already left an indelible mark. Sunset Magazine, "Going Nomad: Pro Skier Hits the Road to Find Fulfillment During Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indelible

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


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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