indelible

adjective in·del·i·ble \ in-ˈde-lə-bəl \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of indelible

1 a : that cannot be removed, washed away, or erased
b : making marks that cannot easily be removed
  • an indelible pencil
2 a : lasting
  • indelible memories
b : unforgettable, memorable
  • an indelible performance

indelibility

play \(ˌ)in-ˌde-lə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

indelibly

play \in-ˈde-lə-blē\ adverb

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 BarakaThe Autobiography of Leroi Jones1984
  2. All wars change society and hence leave an indelible imprint on literary culture. —Michiko KakutaniNew York Times Book Review15 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 UpdikeNew York Times Book Review4 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 Synonyms

Synonyms
unforgettable, memorable
Antonyms
forgettable
Related Words
notable, noteworthy, remarkable
Near Antonyms
unremarkable

INDELIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

indelible

adjective

Definition of indelible for English Language Learners

  • : impossible to remove or forget

  • : producing marks that cannot be erased


INDELIBLE Defined for Kids

indelible

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

Definition of indelible for Students

1 : impossible to remove or forget
  • He made an indelible impression.
2 : making marks not easily removed
  • indelible ink

indelibly

\-blē\ adverb


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