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Examples of inimitable in a Sentence
an inimitable performer of violin solos
Recent Examples of inimitable from the Web
Kedigian flew across the country to discover a home that, while filled with antiques and traditional decor, felt relaxed and almost contemporary in spirit, with rooms washed in that inimitable Southern California sunlight.
While Beard doesn’t dig beyond a heterosexual binary into pertinent LGBTQ concerns, among them gender performance (for this, read the inimitable philosopher Judith Butler), hers is a bold and brilliant proposal.
That alone made Disney's future streaming offering an inimitable force.
The inimitable Charles Barkley sees it much the same way.
Gone with The Wind star Vivien Leigh, who played the inimitable Scarlett O'Hara, will always hold a sweet spot in our hearts.
Royal Wardrobe 20 years after her death, and an exhibition at Kensington Palace–the Princess’s former home–pays testament to her inimitable taste.
Vaughan, who launched the Marvel Comics series in 2003 alongside the inimitable illustrator Adrian Alphona, is the mastermind behind some of the most beloved comic books of the millennium.
Such over-the-top style is backed by substance: The Lanesborough is still the only hotel in London with a butler for every guest, and the inimitable Florian Favario, former chef de cuisine at Le Bristol in Paris, oversees the restaurant.
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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
Synonymsincomparable, only, matchless, nonpareil, peerless, unequaled (or unequalled), unexampled, unmatched, unparalleled, unrivaled (or unrivalled), unsurpassable, unsurpassed
Related Wordsalone, singular, unique; exceptional, extraordinary, rare, uncommon, unusual; A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, excellent, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, frontline, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful; better, preferred; exceptional, fancy, high-grade, special
Near Antonymscommon, commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden, household, normal, ordinary, routine, ubiquitous, usual; inferior, lesser, worse, worst; bad, bastard, bush, bush-league, deficient, depressed, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, low, lower, off, paltry, poor, punk, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting; low-grade, substandard; mediocre, second-class, second-rate; atrocious, awful, execrable, pathetic, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
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