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 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 Ten months later, voters agreed, and representative democracy, the crowning achievement of the founding fathers in 1787, now had a powerful rival — direct democracy — that would leave an indelible mark on California’s political landscape. Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Allen left an indelible mark on this Cosby Show spin-off, taking over as producer and director after the show's first season. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 16 Sep. 2021 Holmes’ story has already left an indelible mark, not just on Silicon Valley but on American culture writ large. Arielle Pardes, Wired, 11 Sep. 2021 Ten months later, voters agreed, and representative democracy, the crowning achievement of the ounding fathers in 1787, now had a powerful rival — direct democracy — that would leave an indelible mark on California’s political landscape. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2021 And the trauma of the two weeks since the fall of Kabul have already left an indelible mark on Joe Biden's presidency, Washington's bitter politics and the reputation of America among its disappointed allies. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Allyson Felix has left an indelible mark on women's sports as a five-time Olympian and 11-time medalist. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 11 Aug. 2021 The way Manning controlled the line of scrimmage, though, left an indelible mark on football at all levels. Josh Weir, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 The way Manning controlled the line of scrimmage, though, left an indelible mark on football at all levels. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Indelible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indelible. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for indelible

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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