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Examples of inimitable in a Sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Recent Examples of inimitable from the Web
Got to witness these inimitable heroes on stage: @janicemin presented @SPJLA Distinguished Journalist Award to @kimmasters.
That tribute remains part of Rodney’s inimitable style, along with his bow-and-arrow celebration after closing out wins.
At Tootsies, an inimitable women's store in the Highland Village area, a who's who of American and European names dangles from the racks: Donna Karan, Etro, Jason Wu, Stella McCartney.
Back in the day, this kind of chaotic volume came with an inimitable rotten egg aroma and tons of damage, no doubt.
His mother, Ramonda, is played by the inimitable Angela Bassett, and two newcomers also shine: Letitia Wright as T’Challa’s spunky sister, Shuri, and Winston Duke as M’Baku, a rival tribe leader who challenges him for the throne.
The series' cast includes Michael Gambon as Mr. Lawrence, Emily Watson as Marmee, and the inimitable Angela Lansberry as Aunt March.
The inimitable score is richly conveyed by the orchestra, under the direction of David Andrews Rogers.
The inimitable goalkeeper turned 40 on Sunday, and is expected to bring his career to an end at the end of this season.
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How Should You Use inimitable?
Something that is inimitable is, literally, not able to be imitated. In actual usage the word describes things so uniquely extraordinary as to not be copied or equaled, which is why you often hear it used to praise outstanding talents or performances. (The antonym "imitable" describes things that are common or ordinary and could easily be replicated or surpassed.) Inimitable derives via Middle English from Latin inimitabilis. Be careful not to confuse it with "inimical" or "inimicable," two adjectives meaning hostile or harmful; those words derive from the same Latin root that gave us "enemy" ("inimicus").
Origin and Etymology of inimitable
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
awesome, beautiful, brave, capital, choice, classic, dandy, divine, excellent, fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, grand, great, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), par excellence, quality, sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, wonderful;
out of sight;
INIMITABLE Defined for English Language Learners
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