inexpiable

adjective

in·​ex·​pi·​a·​ble (ˌ)i-ˈnek-spē-ə-bəl How to pronounce inexpiable (audio)
1
: not capable of being atoned for
2
obsolete : implacable, unappeasable
inexpiably adverb

Example Sentences

apparently, the gubernatorial candidate is guilty of the inexpiable sin of speaking out too openly and honestly about the state's financial woes

Word History

Etymology

Middle English inexpyable, from Latin inexpiabilis, from in- + expiare to expiate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inexpiable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Inexpiable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inexpiable. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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