un·​ut·​ter·​able | \ ˌən-ˈə-tə-rə-bəl How to pronounce unutterable (audio) \

Definition of unutterable

: being beyond the powers of description : inexpressible an unutterable tragedy

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unutterably \ ˌən-​ˈə-​tə-​rə-​blē How to pronounce unutterable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unutterable in a Sentence

unutterable joy that a baby can bring to a household the unutterable suffering brought on by the war
Recent Examples on the Web The score comes with a long theological preface and effusive descriptions of the unutterable in each gaze. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Most heavenly holiday music: Messiaen and Christmas in 20 virtuosic piano visions," 23 Dec. 2020 And where the two met, ideas that once seemed unutterable started, to many, to sound like the future. Anand Giridharadas, Time, "How America’s Elites Lost Their Grip," 21 Nov. 2019 But Rosamund Young’s The Secret Life of Cows deserves its sudden reputation as a first-hand account of unutterable charm. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "The Secret Life of Cows," 15 June 2018 Our minds, formed and informed by their We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance dark, cold caves. Kevin Cullen, BostonGlobe.com, "He lived like every day might be his last, and then one day it was," 2 Apr. 2018 But Mac, instead, ended the chapter with lens blurred, in magnificent midsentence, as if the artist's voice were suddenly taken away in an unutterable trail of tears. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "The brash, profane, funny, infuriating, high-flying first chapter of Taylor Mac's '24-Decade History'," 16 Mar. 2018 Eventually, one dares to hope, the full story of this unutterable nonsense will come to light. Conrad Black, National Review, "The Never Trumpers’ New Strategy," 18 Oct. 2017 Such words would have been unutterable just a few months ago in Angola. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, "Angola’s ‘Omnipresent’ Leader Won’t Run Again. But Will He Relinquish Power?," 20 May 2017

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First Known Use of unutterable

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unutterable was circa 1586

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“Unutterable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unutterable. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unutterable

formal : too strong or great to be expressed or described

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