indelible

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adjective in·del·i·ble \in-ˈde-lə-bəl\

Definition of indelible

  1. 1a :  that cannot be removed, washed away, or erasedb :  making marks that cannot easily be removed an indelible pencil

  2. 2a :  lasting indelible memoriesb :  unforgettable, memorable an indelible performance

indelibility

play \(ˌ)in-ˌde-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

indelibly

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Examples of indelible in a Sentence

  1. 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

  2. All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. —Michiko Kakutani, New York Times Book Review, 15 Apr. 1984

  3. 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

  4. winning the state basketball championship was our team's most indelible experience

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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


INDELIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

indelible

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adjective

Definition of indelible for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to remove or forget

  • : producing marks that cannot be erased


INDELIBLE Defined for Kids

indelible

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adjective in·del·i·ble \in-ˈde-lə-bəl\

Definition of indelible for Students

  1. 1 :  impossible to remove or forget He made an indelible impression.

  2. 2 :  making marks not easily removed indelible ink

indelibly

\-blē\ adverb


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