ineffable


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in·ef·fa·ble

 (ĭn-ĕf′ə-bəl)
adj.
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.

ineffable

(ɪnˈɛfəbəl)
adj
1. too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
2. too sacred to be uttered
3. indescribable; indefinable
[C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in-1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak]
inˌeffaˈbility, inˈeffableness n
inˈeffably adv

in•ef•fa•ble

(ɪnˈɛf ə bəl)

adj.
1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin ineffābilis= in-3 + effabilis=effā(rī) to utter, say (ef- + fari- to speak) + -bilis -ble]
in•ef`fa•bil′i•ty, in•ef′fa•ble•ness, n.
in•ef′fa•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ineffable - defying expression or descriptionineffable - defying expression or description; "indefinable yearnings"; "indescribable beauty"; "ineffable ecstasy"; "inexpressible anguish"; "unspeakable happiness"; "unutterable contempt"; "a thing of untellable splendor"
inexpressible, unexpressible - defying expression
2.ineffable - too sacred to be utteredineffable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"

ineffable

adjective indescribable, unspeakable, indefinable, beyond words, unutterable, inexpressible, incommunicable the ineffable sadness of many of the portraits

ineffable

adjective
That cannot be described:
Idioms: beyond description, defying description.
Translations
nevýslovný
ineffabilis

ineffable

[ɪnˈefəbl] ADJ (liter) → inefable

ineffable

adj (form)unsäglich (geh), → unsagbar, unaussprechlich

ineffable

[ɪnˈefəbl] adj (frm) → ineffabile
References in classic literature ?
Through the scene between Marguerite and the elder Duval, Lena wept unceasingly, and I sat helpless to prevent the closing of that chapter of idyllic love, dreading the return of the young man whose ineffable happiness was only to be the measure of his fall.
And Duncan," she added, looking round upon the youth with a smile of ineffable innocence, "even our own brave and noble Duncan has escaped without a hurt.
Morning to ye, shipmates, morning; the ineffable heavens bless ye; I'm sorry I stopped ye.
Incandescent rainbows shone above it, blue, red, and golden lights played about it; but the stream itself was white, ineffable.
The hearing of those wild notes always de- pressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sad- ness.
She sighed a sigh of ineffable satisfaction, as if her cup of happiness were now full.
Thus while God spake, ambrosial fragrance fill'd All Heav'n, and in the blessed Spirits elect Sense of new joy ineffable diffus'd: Beyond compare the Son of God was seen Most glorious, in him all his Father shon Substantially express'd, and in his face Divine compassion visibly appeerd, Love without end, and without measure Grace, Which uttering thus he to his Father spake.
Monsieur," she said, interrupting him with ineffable impertinence, "wouldn't you have given me money if I had asked for it?
The baroness shrugged her shoulders with an air of ineffable contempt, while her husband, affecting not to observe this unconjugal gesture, turned towards Monte Cristo and said, -- "Upon my word, count, I am quite sorry not to have met you sooner.
Between the past and the present was an ineffable abyss.
As when the stars shine clear, and the moon is bright--there is not a breath of air, not a peak nor glade nor jutting headland but it stands out in the ineffable radiance that breaks from the serene of heaven; the stars can all of them be told and the heart of the shepherd is glad--even thus shone the watchfires of the Trojans before Ilius midway between the ships and the river Xanthus.
Had you seen her this morning, Mary," he continued, "attending with such ineffable sweetness and patience to all the demands of her aunt's stupidity, working with her, and for her, her colour beautifully heightened as she leant over the work, then returning to her seat to finish a note which she was previously engaged in writing for that stupid woman's service, and all this with such unpretending gentleness, so much as if it were a matter of course that she was not to have a moment at her own command, her hair arranged as neatly as it always is, and one little curl falling forward as she wrote, which she now and then shook back, and in the midst of all this, still speaking at intervals to me, or listening, and as if she liked to listen, to what I said.