un·​men·​tion·​able | \ ˌən-ˈmen(t)-sh(ə-)nə-bəl How to pronounce unmentionable (audio) \

Definition of unmentionable

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not fit or allowed to be mentioned or discussed : unspeakable an unmentionable topic



Definition of unmentionable (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is not to be mentioned or discussed: such as
a unmentionables\ ˌən-​ˈmen(t)-​sh(ə-​)nə-​bəlz How to pronounce unmentionable (audio) \ plural : pants sense 1
b unmentionables plural : underwear

Examples of unmentionable in a Sentence

Adjective There are certain topics that are considered to be unmentionable.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective And as these details were either boring or unmentionable (as in your case and mine), their interest was gratified by fantasies. David Mamet, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 There were no further updates, so the unmentionable crime wave appeared to have been thwarted. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Feb. 2022 Anything unconventional or exotic is discomfiting, maybe unseemly, confusing, and (most crucially) unmentionable. Gemma Sieff, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Suffice it to say that the movie’s richness of drama and texture enables the thematic essence and emotional power of its unmentionable twists to run through the film in its entirety, energizing even less surprising but no less affecting details. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Throughout 28 tracks, Morrison effectively challenges the current junta (politicians across the globe having usurped social power thanks to COVID and by other unmentionable means). Armond White, National Review, 19 May 2021 Many members of the underground faded from memory or became unmentionable, having wasted away in colonial prison cells or been killed in anti-colonial infighting. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Those small kindnesses were given in exchange for women staying in a kind of straightjacket of femininity—female pleasure was unmentionable, queerness was forbidden, and there was almost no recourse for rape and harassment. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 May 2021 Music aside, 2020 brought on a suffering of unmentionable cruelties that shattered my heart. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These three apartments offer renters the coveted ability to wash their unmentionables without scrounging for quarters or passive-aggressively trading notes about neighbors in a communal laundry room. Shannon Rooney, Philly.com, 11 July 2018 Perfect sized to hide unsightly rolls of toilet paper or any other unmentionables. The Editors At House Beautiful, House Beautiful, 18 Nov. 2013 Watch for all the celeb appearances, stay for Kendall’s NSFW cameo, featuring her rapping about her unmentionables, at the end. Grace Gavilanes, PEOPLE.com, 15 Mar. 2018 This novel presentation unveils myths about women's unmentionables. Lake County News-Sun, 16 Jan. 2018 Made in the shade Stave off wrinkles and other unmentionables by taking a break from the sun and getting a spray-tan instead. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Pacific San Diego Magazine, 2 June 2017 Now there are unmentionables for all occasions: sleeping, daily wear, the gym and more. By Bailey Shiffler Larson, star-telegram.com, 7 June 2017 Made in the shade Stave off wrinkles and other unmentionables by taking a break from the sun and getting a spray-tan instead. Kai Oliver-kurtin, Pacific San Diego Magazine, 2 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of unmentionable


1657, in the meaning defined above


1791, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmentionable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmentionable. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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