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 indelibility (audio) \ noun
indelibly \ in-​ˈde-​lə-​blē How to pronounce indelibly (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 While broadcasters are an indelible part of teams' connection to fans, and can provide insights far more personal while traveling with the team, the concept of announcers calling games remotely is imbued in many sports. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's TV, radio broadcasters would be grounded from road games to start 2020 season," 4 June 2020 The indelible impact of George Floyd's life has been felt around the country since his tragic death at the hands of a police officer on May 25. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "'Daddy changed the world!': George Floyd's daughter shares powerful message in viral video," 4 June 2020 The besmirching of the United States’ reputation by the Abu Ghraib photographs—photographs that will stand forever as indelible images of American torture and American hypocrisy—is a fourth. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, "Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights," 3 June 2020 Perhaps the most indelible takeaway from the pandemic is the importance of self-sufficiency. oregonlive, "Coronavirus in Oregon (June 1): How health officials hope to rise to the challenge of contact tracing," 1 June 2020 Fringe, macramé, and crochet were all en vogue during the era, but none has made a more indelible mark than rattan. Marisa Spyker, Southern Living, "Rattan-Wrapped Drinkware Is Our New Favorite Summer Accessory," 4 June 2020 Tiananmen had an indelible effect on Hong Kong's politics. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong marks Tiananmen massacre for what many fear will be the last time," 3 June 2020 The images of this past week are both inescapable and indelible: protesters flooding the streets of cities across the United States, met by police forces equipped with full body armor and tactical vehicles that vaguely resemble tanks. Brian Barrett, Wired, "The Pentagon's Hand-Me-Downs Helped Militarize Police. Here's How," 2 June 2020 Perhaps the most indelible takeaway from the pandemic is the importance of self-sufficiency. Hunkering down at home, limiting trips to stores and disruptions in food deliveries inspired more people to start a vegetable patch or container garden. oregonlive, "What did the pandemic teach about stocking up for an emergency? Plenty," 1 June 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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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