unspeakable

adjective
un·​speak·​able | \ ˌən-ˈspē-kə-bəl How to pronounce unspeakable (audio) \

Definition of unspeakable

1a : 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

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Other Words from unspeakable

unspeakably \ ˌən-​ˈspē-​kə-​blē How to pronounce unspeakably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unspeakable in a Sentence

the unspeakable horror of war continually encountered unspeakable beauty in their travels through the Alps
Recent Examples on the Web Today, images of body bags and makeshift morgues vividly capture this unspeakable tragedy. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "When Blackness Is a Preexisting Condition," 4 May 2020 Among the protests’ supporters are stalwarts of hardline conservative politics for whom Gov. Greg Abbott's approach to the coronavirus crisis is too restrictive and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ is unspeakable. Lauren Mcgaughy, Dallas News, "The politics of protest: Organizers of anti-shutdown rallies in North Texas say efforts are homegrown," 24 Apr. 2020 That rumor had been spread by the conspiracy group QAnon, which generally has been spouting theories that the coronavirus is a hoax cooked up by the global elite to cover up unspeakable crimes. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Celebrities Have Never Been Less Entertaining," 21 Mar. 2020 When unspeakable crimes and those creepy red balloons start reappearing across Derry, Mike calls the gang home to fulfill their childhood promise. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Overlong ‘It Chapter Two’ confronts scarier evils than Pennywise the clown," 5 Sep. 2019 When unspeakable crimes and those creepy red balloons start reappearing across Derry, Mike calls the gang home to fulfill their childhood promise. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Overlong ‘It Chapter Two’ confronts scarier evils than Pennywise the clown," 3 Sep. 2019 To give up on the fight against the coronavirus at this stage is to condemn an unspeakable number of Americans to death. Haley Weiss, The Atlantic, "What You Need to Know About the Coronavirus," 12 Mar. 2020 This is an unspeakable violation of human decency, respect, and of the privacy rights of the victims and their families. Moná Thomas, refinery29.com, "Vanessa Bryant Condemns First Responders Who Allegedly Shared Photos Of The Crash Site," 2 Mar. 2020 Those antics ranged from Reckless wearing devil's horns to unspeakable acts involving baby dolls. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Remembering Doug Clark, a mysterious icon of the Phoenix punk music underground," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unspeakable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unspeakable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unspeakable. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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unspeakable

adjective
How to pronounce unspeakable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of unspeakable

: very bad or evil
: impossible to describe in words

unspeakable

adjective
un·​speak·​able | \ ˌən-ˈspē-kə-bəl How to pronounce unspeakable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unspeakable

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

Other Words from unspeakable

unspeakably \ -​blē \ adverb

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