ir·​re·​press·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \

Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress, restrain, or control irrepressible curiosity

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irrepressibility \ ˌir-​i-​ˌpre-​sə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irrepressibility (audio) \ noun
irrepressibly \ ˌir-​i-​ˈpre-​sə-​blē How to pronounce irrepressibly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irrepressible in a Sentence

She has an irrepressible sense of humor.

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His vision of the irrepressible force of human nature reveals the vanity of the political and religious authorities that presume or pretend to control it. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Paradox at the Heart of Abbas Kiarostami’s Early Films," 26 July 2019 Some people had been at Zaatari for nearly six years, during which irrepressible ambitions and needs had broken the compound’s initial uniformity. Andrew Solomon, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling Through Jordan’s Historic Ruins, Red Dunes, and Dead Sea," 24 July 2019 Softbank’s irrepressible Masayoshi Son—is taking the lead in the race to fund it. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Softbank Takes the Lead To Fund A.I.: CEO Daily," 26 July 2019 And his view that America is essentially a white country messed up by escapees from non-white ones appears to be irrepressible. The Economist, "The 2020 campaign will be more racially divisive than 2016 was," 18 July 2019 But what stayed with me was the portrait of Sachiko, a woman of such irrepressible intelligence, constrained for so long and now on the cusp of a new life. Anna Altman, The New Yorker, "Pico Iyer’s Japanese Love Story, from Spring to “Autumn Light”," 17 July 2019 The Brazilian was irrepressible at the 1958 and 1962 World Cups, featuring in the team of the tournament on both occasions, with defenders everywhere getting twisted inside out at the mere though of trying to get the ball off him., "50 Greatest South American Footballers of All Time," 4 July 2019 This documentary reveals the losses and the irrepressible life force behind the poignant laughter of this true American master. Charles Mcnulty,, "Review: PBS documentary of playwright Terrence McNally celebrates a master of connection," 13 June 2019 There’s a lot of warmth in I.M., and a sense of domesticity, too; the yang to the yin of Mizrahi’s theatrical sensibility and irrepressible ebullience. Vogue, "Isaac Mizrahi’s New Memoir, I.M., Is No Frockumentary—And the Better for It," 26 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of irrepressible

1811, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to hold back, stop, or control
: very lively and cheerful


ir·​re·​press·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈpre-sə-bəl How to pronounce irrepressible (audio) \

Kids Definition of irrepressible

: impossible to repress or control an irrepressible chuckle

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