unspeakable

adjective un·speak·able \ ˌən-ˈspē-kə-bəl \

Definition of unspeakable

1 a :incapable of being expressed in words :unutterable
b :inexpressibly bad :horrendous
  • unspeakable living conditions
  • unspeakable evil
2 :that may not or cannot be spoken
  • the bawdy thoughts that come into one's head — the unspeakable words
  • —L. P. Smith
  • unspeakable collections of consonants
  • —Rosemary Jellis

unspeakably

play \ˌən-ˈspē-kə-blē\ adverb

Examples of unspeakable in a Sentence

  1. the unspeakable horror of war

  2. continually encountered unspeakable beauty in their travels through the Alps

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First Known Use of unspeakable

14th century


UNSPEAKABLE Defined for English Language Learners

unspeakable

adjective

Definition of unspeakable for English Language Learners

  • : very bad or evil

  • : impossible to describe in words


UNSPEAKABLE Defined for Kids

unspeakable

adjective un·speak·able \ ˌən-ˈspē-kə-bəl \

Definition of unspeakable for Students

1 :impossible to express in words
  • unspeakable beauty
2 :extremely bad
  • unspeakable conduct

unspeakably

\-blē\ adverb


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