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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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

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The suffering on both sides is unspeakable because the peace process is deadlocked. Washington Post, "Eritrea sending delegation to rival Ethiopia for peace talks," 20 June 2018 This is an unspeakable act of evil that should have never occurred and never occurred on American soil. Fox News, "Jay Sekulow: Mueller investigation needs to end 'very soon'," 9 Aug. 2018 Detective Ralph Anderson is ready to send Maitland to death row for his unspeakable crimes. Karin Slaughter, Philly.com, "Stephen King's 'The Outsider': A thrill ride from an American classic writer," 1 June 2018 Each and every one of them led to unspeakable suffering for children, families and entire communities. Washington Post, "UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster," 11 July 2018 Our unspeakable treatment of migrant children and flippant disregard for their safety should invoke moral outrage. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Separating Children From Parents is Shocking And Inhumane — It Is Also An American Tradition," 22 June 2018 Detective Ralph Anderson is ready to send Maitland to death row for his unspeakable crimes. Karin Slaughter, Philly.com, "Stephen King's 'The Outsider': A thrill ride from an American classic writer," 1 June 2018 Detective Ralph Anderson is ready to send Maitland to death row for his unspeakable crimes. Karin Slaughter, chicagotribune.com, "What Stephen King gets right - and wrong - in 'The Outsider'," 23 May 2018 If combating that unspeakable evil — by securing a vote on legislation to reassert congressional authority over tariffs — required blocking the president’s judicial appointments, so be it. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Jeff Flake Flakes, Says He Won’t Block Trump’s Supreme Court Pick," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of unspeakable

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

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unspeakable

adjective

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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