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 inexpressibility (audio) \ noun
inexpressibleness \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspre-​sə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce inexpressibleness (audio) \ noun
inexpressibly \ ˌi-​nik-​ˈspre-​sə-​blē How to pronounce inexpressibly (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 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 And doesn’t everybody have that inexpressible need – that impossible want – for something? Stephen Fishbach,, "Why the Survivor Experience Is 'Having Your Dream Snatched Away From You Before You Were Ready'," 21 Mar. 2018 Still, Annihilation’s commitment to older psychoanalytic (and deconstructionist) models for the self and its inexpressible shadows makes this a readily accessible drama of emotion. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Annihilation Is a Brilliant Splicing of Woolf With Cronenberg," 27 Feb. 2018 O'Riordan was capable of articulating seemingly inexpressible emotions, both through her towering cry and her intimate songwriting, resulting in some of the most indelible pop/rock hits of her generation. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "10 Reasons Why The Cranberries' 'Dreams' Is One of the Greatest Songs of All Time," 15 Jan. 2018 The mortal dismay of those of them who are still alive at the elevation of Donald Trump is inexpressible. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Media ‘In Crowd’," 15 Aug. 2017 Thousands, throats growling and laughing and expressing what had heretofore been inexpressible. June Millington, Billboard, "June Millington: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community," 1 June 2017 Flights of doves, cymbals clanging, inexpressible feelings of relief. Liesl Schillinger, New York Times, "How I Became Addicted to Online Word Games," 18 Mar. 2017 Shams, gruff and guileless, badgered Rumi into risking a more vulnerable approach to the concealed and inexpressible—that is, the essence of God and of love. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 13 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of inexpressible

1625, in the meaning defined above

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“Inexpressible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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