in·​ex·​press·​ible | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspre-sə-bəl How to pronounce inexpressible (audio) \

Definition of inexpressible

: not capable of being expressed : indescribable inexpressible joy

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Other Words from inexpressible

inexpressibility \ ˌi-​nik-​ˌspre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce inexpressible (audio) \ noun
inexpressibleness \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspre-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexpressible (audio) \ noun
inexpressibly \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspre-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inexpressible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of inexpressible in a Sentence

overcome by an inexpressible awe at the sight of the thunderous waterfall
Recent Examples on the Web Professor Abba Isa Tijani, director general of Nigeria's National Commission for Museums and Monuments, said the importance of displaying the Bronze inside Nigeria for the first time in more than 120 years was inexpressible. Reuters, CNN, "British university to return Benin Bronze to Nigeria 'within weeks'," 25 Mar. 2021 What stands out is the way that Fastvold’s film renders the furtive, the inexpressible, the typically-repressed in primary color. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "Women in Love: ‘The World to Come’ Is Filled With the Wild Excitement of Romance," 7 Mar. 2021 Amanda Gorman captured the country's inexpressible thoughts and mood by beautifully crafting inspiring words that touched the nation and viewers all over the world. Dr. Richard Osibanjo, Forbes, "The Next Generation Leader: Lessons From Amanda Gorman," 24 Feb. 2021 There is nothing inexpressible about Adrienne and Matteo. Mary Sollosi,, "Wander Darkly review: A mostly clunky trauma drama — with a metaphysical twist," 11 Dec. 2020 As with many blue-collar workers, his religion is less about doctrinal adherence to faith and morals than solemn and inexpressible sentiments attached to rituals, embedded in a community. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Scranton versus Park Avenue," 29 Sep. 2020 At its height, MacDonald’s writing captures the inexpressible rhythm of being. Matt Damsker, USA TODAY, "'Vesper Flights' review: Helen Macdonald returns with collection of soul-stirring nature essays," 25 Aug. 2020 This includes what can be expressed and what is inexpressible, what leaders should or should not tell people and the whole inexplicable issue of worthiness and sacrifice for common good. Los Angeles Times, "The deepest listening for Passover and Easter: Four music pieces of profound meaning," 8 Apr. 2020 Happiness is unique, inexpressible, a state that exists outside of narrative. New York Times, "‘Marriage Story’ Review: Dance Me to the End of Love," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inexpressible

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Inexpressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inexpressible

somewhat formal : too strong or great to be expressed or described


in·​ex·​press·​ible | \ ˌi-nik-ˈspre-sə-bəl How to pronounce inexpressible (audio) \

Kids Definition of inexpressible

: being beyond the power to express : indescribable inexpressible happiness

Other Words from inexpressible

inexpressibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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