indelible

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

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 \ noun
indelibly \ in-​ˈde-​lə-​blē \ 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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By the president's own account, Dr. Albezem left an indelible impression. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "From Anguished Appeal to Presidential Tweet: The Doctor Who Changed U.S. Policy," 18 Oct. 2018 Theresa loved her grandchildren and took great pride and interest in their growth and development, teaching them valuable lessons and leaving an indelible impression on each of them. courant.com, "Theresa Tracy," 8 June 2018 Her father, Owen, was a shipyard superintendent, and her mother, Nellie (Valentine) Brennan, was a homemaker whose inventive home cooking left an indelible impression on Ella, the fourth of six children. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Ella Brennan, Grande Dame Restaurateur of New Orleans, Dies at 92," 1 June 2018 Their first meeting left an indelible impression on young George Bush. Michael Graczyk, chicagotribune.com, "George and Barbara Bush: A 'storybook' 73-year marriage," 18 Apr. 2018 With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Special Janet Jackson Ticket Offer," 18 Sep. 2017 To many black Americans, the Willie Horton ad is an indelible stain on his reputation. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "George H.W. Bush’s legacy on racial issues is complicated," 5 Dec. 2018 And there's even some local acknowledgement of my hometown's indelible link to this bizarre story: A window display at a bookstore exhibiting spy novels and books on Russia. Francesca Ebel, Fox News, "A journalist sees her worlds collide in nerve agent attack," 9 Aug. 2018 In the nearly 25 years since his appointment, over the course of five presidencies, Justice Kennedy’s convictions and unique sense of liberty, equality and justice have placed an indelible and enduring stamp on American life and institutions. Katie Reilly, Time, "How Anthony Kennedy's Swing Vote Made Him 'the Decider'," 27 June 2018

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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 \

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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