ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \
variants: or less commonly irresistable

Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible attraction

Other Words from irresistible

irresistibility or less commonly irresistability \ ˌir-​i-​ˌzi-​stə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibleness or less commonly irresistableness \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ noun
irresistibly or less commonly irresistably \ ˌir-​i-​ˈzi-​stə-​blē How to pronounce irresistible (audio) \ adverb

Examples of irresistible in a Sentence

The force of the waves was irresistible.
Recent Examples on the Web American Jews, contrary to legend, aren’t an irresistible political force. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 And with critical and audience interest still high, returning for a sequel may prove irresistible for the film’s stars and producers. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 17 June 2022 When capitalism arrives in Albania, Western-style branding and consumerism prove irresistible. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, 1 Feb. 2022 Some Jewish scholars thought that uncircumcised men would prove too irresistible for Jewish women, and that men without a foreskin would not be led into constant temptation. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 All of the protesters had something to say, but Stewart was like the sun — his fame an irresistible gravitational force, his vulgarity in the name of veterans steeped in righteousness. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2022 Swiatek has been an irresistible force on any surface for the last four months, but red clay is her favorite playground. Christopher Clarey,, 4 June 2022 Swiatek has been an irresistible force on every surface for the last four months, racking up lopsided victories with her cap pulled low and her intensity cranked up high. New York Times, 4 June 2022 Mixon’s irresistible force changes everything for the Bengals offense. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of irresistible

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Irresistible.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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ir·​re·​sist·​ible | \ ˌir-i-ˈzi-stə-bəl \

Kids Definition of irresistible

: impossible to resist an irresistible temptation

Other Words from irresistible

irresistibly \ -​blē \ adverb

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