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

Other Words from unutterable

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 To my mind, these experiences rub our faces in the unutterable weirdness of existence, which transcends all our knowledge and forms of expression. John Horgan, Scientific American, 25 June 2021 The score comes with a long theological preface and effusive descriptions of the unutterable in each gaze. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2020 And where the two met, ideas that once seemed unutterable started, to many, to sound like the future. Anand Giridharadas, Time, 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, 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, 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, 16 Mar. 2018 Eventually, one dares to hope, the full story of this unutterable nonsense will come to light. Conrad Black, National Review, 18 Oct. 2017 Such words would have been unutterable just a few months ago in Angola. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 20 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of unutterable

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Unutterable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unutterable. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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