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1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable: ineffable joy.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ineffābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + effābilis, utterable (from effārī, to utter : ex-, ex- + fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

in·ef′fa·bil′i·ty, in·ef′fa·ble·ness n.
in·ef′fa·bly adv.
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On the other hand, Ian Buchanan describes Certeau's project regarding these 'other' voices: "He had to find the means of reclaiming mystical language from the impenetrable depths of the various no-wheres and no-whens of madness, heresy, and ineffability to which it had been consigned by religious historians, unwilling or unable to read the texts for themselves and in their own terms [.
There are obstacles, of course: the fact that our knowing takes place within the temporal flux of materiality in the regio dissimilitudinis; (14) the nature of our disordered desire that removes us from God; the ineffability of the divine essence whose light is so great that our strength fails to behold it.
As well as the literature of authenticity, Faber reminds us, there is a literature of enchantment, which invites the reader to participate in the not-real in order to wake from a dream of reality to the ineffability, strangeness and brevity of life on Earth.
35) The use of paradox helps us to think and talk about the ineffability of the Divine.
2) Claudel's insistence upon the concreteness of Christian experience is important as a corrective to recent trends in scholarship on religious experience and religious literature alike that have overemphasized apophaticism (so-called negative theology) and experiences associated with ineffability, such that a false gap is opened between God and human life in its totality and concreteness.
This ineffability is part of what makes them magical.
It also implies a deep hatred ineffability desire to see pain, suffering, and injury or inconvenience others (Crossley, 2008).
The ineffability of the cheesecake transcends mere ingredients and extends to broader questions.
202: Half the air in a given space, 1998, whose Robert Barry-esque ineffability (compare that artist's designation as works, in 1969, of quantities of inert gases released into the atmosphere) is belied by the infantine delight of seeing it embodied by thousands of party balloons.
non si po dicer ne tenere a mente: This expresses the ineffability of the woman, and according to Gorni, also correlates with Paradiso XVIII (11) "ma per la mente che non puo ridire"--the mind that cannot relate what it saw, so inexpressible it is in human terms (113).
Given the breadth of topics covered in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music, I was surprised that my main interest was not adequately addressed: the ineffable character of music, or, more specifically, the ineffability of musical experience, the limits of analysis, the borders of thought, and the boundaries of language to capture subjective states.