in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \

Definition of indomitable

: incapable of being subdued : unconquerable indomitable courage

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indomitability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌdä-​mə-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ noun
indomitableness \ in-​ˈdä-​mə-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ noun
indomitably \ in-​ˈdä-​mə-​tə-​blē How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \ adverb

Your Knowledge of Indomitable Cannot Be Tamed

The prefix in- means "not" in numerous English words (think of indecent, indecisive, inconvenient, and infallible). When in- teamed up with the Latin domitare ("to tame"), the result was a word meaning "unable to be tamed." Indomitable was first used in English in the 1600s as a synonym of wild, but over time the wildness associated with indomitable developed into a specific kind of strength. By the 1800s, indomitable was being used for people whose courage and persistence helped them to succeed in difficult situations.

Examples of indomitable in a Sentence

an indomitable spirit was needed to endure the rigors of pioneer life
Recent Examples on the Web Olympia Dukakis, the dry-witted stage and screen actress who toiled under the radar for nearly 30 years before becoming a household name with her scene-stealing turn as the indomitable matriarch in the 1987 rom-com Moonstruck, has died. Lindsey Bahr,, "Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning star of Moonstruck, dies at 89," 1 May 2021 Like Cora, the reader cannot escape the hideous legacies of slavery, but Mr. Whitehead holds out some hope for a redemptive future through his heroine: discerning, fierce, indomitable. Dorothy Wickenden, WSJ, "Five Best: Novels on Slavery and the Civil War," 30 Apr. 2021 With its deep cultural resonance as a tree that is steadfast, the oak plays out this indomitable spirit in the garden. Washington Post, "The sturdy, steadfast oak is the perfect tree for troubled times," 14 Apr. 2021 Beyond Cuts in Essex on Friday not only to raise money for funeral costs, but to remember a man with an indomitable spirit, sense of humor and steadfast faith. Taylor Deville,, "Silvesta Daye Jr.’s friends, family celebrate his life, raise money for funeral after mass shooting," 2 Apr. 2021 In the late 1960s, Texas Longhorns football player Freddie Steinmark utilizes his indomitable spirit and courage to battle adversity. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 Three years after Sister Jean, then 98, served as sideline inspiration for upstart Loyola Chicago in its Cinderella run to the 2018 Final Four, the indomitable nun is back. Mike Berardino, Forbes, "Sister Act II: Loyola Chicago And Sister Jean Are Headed Back To The NCAA Tournament," 17 Mar. 2021 Unable to rely on the indomitable senior forward Brian Cook with time winding down and the game on the line, (Illinois) turned to its intriguing underclass. Matthew Glenesk, The Indianapolis Star, "There have been 97 NCAA tournament games in Indianapolis since 1940. We rank them all.," 13 Mar. 2021 Mary is determined to keep Big Man's open, as a testament to the couple’s efforts and to honor James’ passion and indomitable spirit. Irene Chang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Beloved bar owner and mentor to young men, James Banks died of COVID in 2020," 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of indomitable

1634, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indomitable

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

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“Indomitable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of indomitable

formal : impossible to defeat or discourage


in·​dom·​i·​ta·​ble | \ in-ˈdä-mə-tə-bəl How to pronounce indomitable (audio) \

Kids Definition of indomitable

: impossible to defeat an indomitable spirit

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