in·ter·mi·na·ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-bəl, -ˈtər-mə-\

Definition of interminable 

: having or seeming to have no end especially : wearisomely protracted an interminable sermon

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Other Words from interminable

interminableness noun
interminably \(ˌ)in-ˈtərm-nə-blē, -ˈtər-mə- \ adverb

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We promise not to ramble on endlessly about the origins of "interminable." The word was borrowed into English in the 15th century and descends from a Latin combination of the prefix in- ("not") and the verb terminare, meaning "to terminate" or "to limit." English speakers also coined the antonym terminable, meaning "capable of being brought to an end," from "terminare." Other relatives of "interminable" in English include "terminate," "determine," "terminal," and "exterminate."

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For those of us who make a habit of investing our allegiance in underdogs, then, the World Cup often reads like an interminable, run-on sentence of tragedy, loosely punctuated with eruptions of joy. Kanishk Tharoor, The Atlantic, "The Elusive Underdog Magic of the World Cup," 14 July 2018 In focusing on revenge, any real healing is unnecessarily delayed by the interminable death penalty appeals process, leaving those families to spend precious years or decades of their lives reliving the horror and trauma of the murder., "Should Massachusetts reinstate the death penalty for those who murder police officers?," 22 June 2018 Bernard’s Season Two arc—which jumps around in time and relies on a bunch of interminable mumbling—has been pretty frustrating. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Off the Rails," 28 May 2018 To say that Kevin Anderson won this interminable Wimbledon semifinal, and that John Isner lost it, didn't really seem fair. Howard Fendrich,, "Illinois alumnus Kevin Anderson beats John Isner in longest semifinal in Wimbledon history," 13 July 2018 An immigrant could theoretically bring an uncle by bringing a parent who then brings his sibling, but the wait would be interminable for most., "Fact-checking Trump’s State of the Union address," 10 Apr. 2018 From her soft curls at Cannes to this interminable, muse-worthy iteration, for Bella, sunnier days mean an infusion of extra texture and length. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Steps Out in Shockingly Long Hair in New York City," 8 June 2018 The talking points were consistent with notes of encouragement that Stankey had signaled throughout the interminable sale process. Joe Pompeo, The Hive, "“How’s He Gonna React When There’s a Scandal?”: CNN Begins Its New Day Under John Stankey," 26 June 2018 Had Been Shot After going limp during the interminable assault, Lucas was brought to a nearby hospital. Chris Harris,, "4 Things You'll Learn About a Killer Church Cult from Monday's Episode of PMI: Cults," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of interminable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for interminable

Middle English, from Late Latin interminabilis, from Latin in- + terminare to terminate

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English Language Learners Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end : continuing for a very long time


in·ter·mi·na·ble | \in-ˈtər-mə-nə-bəl \

Kids Definition of interminable

: having or seeming to have no end … Mr. and Mrs. Welch were having an interminable, rambling conversation about nothing in particular …— Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Other Words from interminable

interminably \-blē \ adverb

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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