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

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 Now, finally, the cell itself dissolves away into an abstract chemical machine—and that into some intangible, inexpressible flow of energy. Loren C. Eiseley, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 And your desire to continue to excavate and express the inexpressible doesn’t leave you. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 Losing his best friend was an inexpressible loss, but there was little time to grieve. The New Yorker, 27 Mar. 2022 During the Vietnam era, according to these studies, these women were full of inexpressible rage against both their absent husbands and the pressures to satisfy their husbands’ emotional needs while endlessly stifling their own. Charlotte Gray, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 The scope of something inexpressible, a mammoth, ungraspable intimation, had overtaken him. Greg Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 The narrative uses native wildflowers and plants to depict the inexpressible. Katherine Tulich, Variety, 28 Oct. 2021 Few people, even once in their lives, dare to make the inexpressible real. Tove Ditlevsen, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Open your eyes, feel your senses and marvel at the inexpressible beauty in each corner without any tourists. Cécilia Pelloux, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of inexpressible

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Inexpressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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