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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But those statistics, however irresistible, do not paint the entire picture. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "As Serena Williams Rolls, It’s Tempting to Think About No. 24," 9 July 2018 Notwithstanding the small scope of our interaction with the Trump campaign, the Trump-Russia nexus seems irresistible to reporters and tempts them to imagine conspiracies. Charles G. Boyd And Dimitri K. Simes, WSJ, "Media Guilt by Russian Association," 4 Sep. 2018 Ciara is, without exaggeration, the picture of good health—with a warm, irresistible magnetism to boot. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Ciara Reveals the 5 New Year’s Resolutions Behind That Body for 2019," 1 Jan. 2019 These additions help give the otherwise simple homes their irresistible charm. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Cape Cod-Style Houses," 9 Nov. 2018 Location: Indian Wells, California Price: $3,495,000 The challenge of building in desert environments might make some architects think twice, but for renowned architect Donald Wexler, the California desert was irresistible. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Donald Wexler-designed desert gem yours for $3.5M," 14 Nov. 2018 Exploring the relationship between Bernhardt and one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters was irresistible for Rebeck. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "An Exclusive First Look at Janet McTeer in Broadway’s Bernhardt/Hamlet," 17 July 2018 But for some, the gang’s promise of protection and belonging was irresistible. Sarah Garland, Time, "President Trump's Immigration Crackdown Will Only Make the MS-13 Gang Stronger," 31 Jan. 2018 The idea of watching supernal figures battle it out is both fun and endlessly attractive, because everyone likes a spectacle, and the biggest spectacle of all comes from watching one irresistible alien force slam into another unmovable alien object. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Video: How an 11th-hour decision made Aliens versus Predator a classic," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist especially because of strength or attractiveness


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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