inscrutable


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in·scru·ta·ble

 (ĭn-skro͞o′tə-bəl)
adj.
Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable: "that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence ... out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion" (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnscrūtābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + scrūtārī, to scrutinize; see scrutiny.]

in·scru′ta·bil′i·ty n.
in·scru′ta·bly adv.

inscrutable

(ɪnˈskruːtəbəl)
adj
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
[C15: from Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in-1 + scrūtārī to examine]
inˌscrutaˈbility, inˈscrutableness n
inˈscrutably adv

in•scru•ta•ble

(ɪnˈskru tə bəl)

adj.
1. incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized.
2. mysterious; unfathomable: an inscrutable smile.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin inscrūtābilis= Latin in- in-3 + scrūtā(ri) to examine, search + -bilis -ble]
in•scru`ta•bil′i•ty, in•scru′ta•ble•ness, n.
in•scru′ta•bly, adv.
syn: See mysterious.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inscrutable - of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"
incomprehensible, inexplicable - incapable of being explained or accounted for; "inexplicable errors"; "left the house at three in the morning for inexplicable reasons"

inscrutable

adjective
1. enigmatic, blank, impenetrable, deadpan, unreadable, poker-faced (informal), sphinxlike It is important to keep a straight face and remain inscrutable.
enigmatic open, revealing, transparent, readable, penetrable

inscrutable

adjective
Incapable of being grasped by the intellect or understanding:
Translations

inscrutable

[ɪnˈskruːtəbl] ADJinescrutable

inscrutable

[ɪnˈskruːtəbəl] adj
[face, expression, smile] → impénétrable
[mystery] → impénétrable

inscrutable

adjunergründlich (to für); inscrutable faceundurchdringlicher Gesichtsausdruck; don’t pretend to be so inscrutabletu nicht so geheimnisvoll; she remained inscrutable to himsie blieb für ihn undurchschaubar

inscrutable

[ɪnˈskruːtəbl] adj (person) → imperscrutabile; (face, eyes, gaze) → impenetrabile
References in classic literature ?
God alone knows whether I shall be happy, but my fate is in His holy, His inscrutable hand, and I have so decided.
Therefore, though the whole point of his "Current Shorthand" is that it can express every sound in the language perfectly, vowels as well as consonants, and that your hand has to make no stroke except the easy and current ones with which you write m, n, and u, l, p, and q, scribbling them at whatever angle comes easiest to you, his unfortunate determination to make this remarkable and quite legible script serve also as a Shorthand reduced it in his own practice to the most inscrutable of cryptograms.
In the past he had never been able to find that great inscrutable infinite something.
But did you deeply scan him in his more secret confidential hours; when he thought no glance but one was on him; then you would have seen that even as Ahab's eyes so awed the crew's, the inscrutable Parsee's glance awed his; or somehow, at least, in some wild way, at times affected it.
In any of the burial-places of this city through which I pass, is there a sleeper more inscrutable than its busy inhabitants are, in their innermost personality, to me, or than I am to them?
Do thou, therefore, O Rhadamanthus, who sittest in judgment with me in the murky caverns of Dis, as thou knowest all that the inscrutable fates have decreed touching the resuscitation of this damsel, announce and declare it at once, that the happiness we look forward to from her restoration be no longer deferred.
He went to call indeed; but he was perhaps relieved to be denied admittance; perhaps, in his heart, he preferred to speak with Poole upon the doorstep and surrounded by the air and sounds of the open city, rather than to be admitted into that house of voluntary bondage, and to sit and speak with its inscrutable recluse.
And this is one reason also, of that effect which the Scripture speaketh of, That the king's heart is inscrutable.
Some great inscrutable reason there must be; at my worst I did not deny that.
If He wills otherwise, then this manuscript which I shall now consign to the inscrutable forces of the sea shall fall into friendly hands.
But who could expect a melancholy, inscrutable hero to see the humorous side of things?
Wingrave smiled very faintly, otherwise his face was inscrutable.