irresistible

adjective
ir·re·sist·ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl \
variants: or less commonly irresistable

Definition of irresistible 

: impossible to resist an irresistible attraction

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Other words from irresistible

irresistibility or less commonly irresistability \ˌir-i-ˌzi-stə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl-nəs \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-blē \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.

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Children stood on bus stop benches — though sometimes the urge to splash in gargantuan puddles proved irresistible. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 Those subversive elements, embodied in the deeply damaged title character, proved irresistible to Biel. Hugh Hart, latimes.com, "With 'The Sinner,' Jessica Biel leaps 'into the darkest of the dark'," 20 June 2018 The combinations of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa, Nicky Jam and J Balvin, and David Guetta with Sia are proving irresistible to Shazam users this summer. Kevin Rutherford, Billboard, "Shazam Predicts Song of the Summer 2018: Exclusive," 6 June 2018 Once again, the chance to revisit Solo — now older but no wiser — proved irresistible. New York Times, "He’s Tried to Leave ‘Star Wars’ Before. Will This Be It?," 30 May 2018 The homemade bread pudding with hot bourbon sauce is irresistible. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to eat, shop and sleep in Comfort," 11 June 2018 Early Thursday evening as the sun went down in Houston the sky lit up in an orange hue that proved irresistible to locals, who clogged up social media with photos of nature's presentation. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's beautiful orange pink sky at sunset, explained by science," 6 July 2018 The practical difficulties of sharing a border persist, but the underlying economic forces binding the countries together are irresistible. The Economist, "Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer," 21 June 2018 This flourless orange cake is simple to make and scented with whole sweet oranges, vanilla, almonds and honey to create a truly irresistible gluten-free treat that’s perfect for any occasion. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Flourless Orange Cake," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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irresistible

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist especially because of strength or attractiveness

irresistible

adjective
ir·re·sist·ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible temptation

Other words from irresistible

irresistibly \-blē \ adverb

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