un·​say·​able ˌən-ˈsā-ə-bəl How to pronounce unsayable (audio)
: not sayable : not easily expressed or related
also : not allowed to be said

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But do efforts to make a word unsayable diminish its power or magnify it? New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 When so much that’s unsayable now was carelessly said. . Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 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, 3 Feb. 2020 Many unsayable but urgent thoughts in the book’s world simply resemble clichés in the reader’s. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 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, 10 July 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1870, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unsayable was in 1870

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“Unsayable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsayable. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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