in·​ex·​tin·​guish·​able ˌi-nik-ˈstiŋ-gwi-shə-bəl How to pronounce inextinguishable (audio)
: not extinguishable : unquenchable
an inextinguishable flame
an inextinguishable longing
inextinguishably adverb

Examples of inextinguishable in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inextinguishable was in the 15th century

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“Inextinguishable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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in·​ex·​tin·​guish·​able ˌin-ik-ˈstiŋ-(g)wish-ə-bəl How to pronounce inextinguishable (audio)
: impossible to extinguish
an inextinguishable desire
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