un·​say·​able | \ ˌən-ˈsā-ə-bəl How to pronounce unsayable (audio) \

Definition of unsayable

: not sayable : not easily expressed or related also : not allowed to be said

Examples of unsayable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When so much that’s unsayable now was carelessly said. . Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Tessa Hadley on What Happened and What Happened Next," 6 Apr. 2020 Since the days of Pigmeat Markham, not to mention Lenny Bruce, the comedian’s job has been to say the unsayable—to give voice to the things that stink or bite us in the heart. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Can Louis C.K. Spin His Troubles Into Art?," 3 Feb. 2020 Many unsayable but urgent thoughts in the book’s world simply resemble clichés in the reader’s. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Call Me by Your Name Dream Continues," 4 Nov. 2019 Friendships between women rely, often, on the unsayable—the secret comparisons, the petty jealousies, the familiar patterns of behavior. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of unsayable

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsayable. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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