indomitable

adjective

in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio)
: incapable of being subdued : unconquerable
indomitable courage
indomitableness noun
indomitably adverb

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Your Knowledge of Indomitable Cannot Be Tamed

At five punchy syllables, indomitable is an imposing word, so it’s inevitable that some are perplexed by this synonym for impregnable. But it’s not so tough once you break it into parts. The prefix in- (spelled im- before b, m, and p) means “not” in an innumerable collection of English words. (How many have you counted so far?) The common suffix -able means “capable of, fit for, or worthy of.” Combine those two English affixes with the Latin verb domitare (“to tame”), and voila: indomitable. Indomitable was first used in English as a synonym of wild, describing—appropriately enough—things that cannot be tamed, but over time the wildness associated with indomitable developed into a specific kind of invulnerable strength.

Examples of indomitable in a Sentence

an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life
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Word History

Etymology

Late Latin indomitabilis, from Latin in- + domitare to tame — more at daunt

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of indomitable was in 1634

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“Indomitable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/indomitable. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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indomitable

adjective
in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble in-ˈdäm-ət-ə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio)
: unconquerable
indomitable courage
indomitableness noun
indomitably adverb

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