ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \
variants: or less commonly irresistable

Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible attraction

Other Words from irresistible

irresistibility or less commonly irresistability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌzi-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​blē How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.
Recent Examples on the Web Something about peanuts mixed with a sweetener is near irresistible. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 19 Sep. 2022 If this pumpkin cookie dough with cream cheese chunks is too irresistible to pass up unbaked, the dough can be safely eaten right out of the fridge. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Speaking of those early 45s that didn't chart, this song is every bit as irresistible as the hit that followed. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 10 Aug. 2022 His description of the stages of the family firm’s decline, of the emotions that erupt as a result, is irresistible in its clarity. Joseph Sassoon, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Rhyme without rhythm is gin without tonic; a rhythmic verse can be as irresistible as a siren’s song. The New Yorker, 4 July 2022 For me, the notes of heather honey, ginger, mocha, ripe figs and sweet spices are simply irresistible! JM: Thank you. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 5 May 2022 American Jews, contrary to legend, aren’t an irresistible political force. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 And with critical and audience interest still high, returning for a sequel may prove irresistible for the film’s stars and producers. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Irresistible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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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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