un·​quench·​able | \ ˌən-ˈkwen-chə-bəl How to pronounce unquenchable (audio) \

Definition of unquenchable

: unable to be quenched an unquenchable flame especially : not capable of being satisfied, quelled, or discouraged an unquenchable thirst/desire unquenchable optimism

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unquenchably \ ˌən-​ˈkwen-​chə-​blē How to pronounce unquenchably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unquenchable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For almost three decades, Dawson Thompson watched this tiny little slip of a woman enter meeting after meeting with an unquenchable questioning spirit: Who is most in need? Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Even on the day she died, Serena Simmons Connelly was still using her riches as a sword for justice in Dallas and beyond," 6 May 2020 Former sitcom star Valerie’s unquenchable desire for stardom means there’s no bar too low to crawl under – Hello, reality TV! – in her pursuit of the dimming glow of fame. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Ranked: TV's cringeworthy all-stars of embarrassment, from Larry David to Lil Dicky's 'Dave'," 20 Mar. 2020 And yet something ineffable and meaningful remains, an unquenchable spirit, still in motion, drifting upward toward heaven, or the open universe, or the stars. Washington Post, "At the Kennedy Center, moments of sunlight are glorious but fleeting in ‘The Day’," 7 Dec. 2019 And by letting his unquenchable optimism continue to fuel him. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: During week of uncertainty at combine, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa is rolling with the challenges," 25 Feb. 2020 Sales surged 50% last year, buoyed by the apparently unquenchable thirst for spiked seltzers such as White Claw, Truly and Bon & Viv. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Americans' wine consumption dropped for the first time in 25 years," 14 Jan. 2020 And contrary to the negative stereotypes, ambitious people are not miserable or haunted by an unquenchable thirst for more. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Ambition?," 8 Nov. 2019 The young man's muscles revived, his stamina returned, yet what didn't change was an unquenchable optimism. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit marathon: Horrific crash tested his spirit. How he responded was amazing," 18 Oct. 2019 However, his unquenchable robot thirst for killing is, like Arnie, a blot on his copy book. SI.com, "Ranking Film & TV Robots by How Good a Linesman They Would Make," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of unquenchable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unquenchable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unquenchable. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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