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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 ?
There was still another peculiarity of this inscrutable charm.
It may seem marvellous that, with the world before her -- kept by no restrictive clause of her condemnation within the limits of the Puritan settlement, so remote and so obscure -- free to return to her birth-place, or to any other European land, and there hide her character and identity under a new exterior, as completely as if emerging into another state of being -- and having also the passes of the dark, inscrutable forest open to her, where the wildness of her nature might assimilate itself with a people whose customs and life were alien from the law that had condemned her -- it may seem marvellous that this woman should still call that place her home, where, and where only, she must needs be the type of shame.
There is no life in thee, now, except that rocking life imparted by a gently rolling ship; by her, borrowed from the sea; by the sea, from the inscrutable tides of God.
And thus, though surrounded by circle upon circle of consternations and affrights, did these inscrutable creatures at the centre freely and fearlessly indulge in all peaceful concernments; yea, serenely revelled in dalliance and delight.
It pleased Providence, for some inscrutable reason, to doom the race to bondage, ages ago; and we must not set up our opinion against that.
I still stood absolutely dumfoundered at what appeared to me her miraculous self-possession and most inscrutable hypocrisy, when the cook entered.
Noel Vanstone, to whom all large-minded motives under heaven were inscrutable mysteries, saw the small-minded motive at the bottom of his housekeeper's conduct with as instantaneous a penetration as if he had been a man of the highest ability.
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?
I am too well aware that when, in the inscrutable decrees of Fate, you were reserved for me, it is possible you may have been reserved for one, destined, after a protracted struggle, at length to fall a victim to pecuniary involvements of a complicated nature.
for even within these accursed walls, where, as thou well sayest, guilt shrouds itself in inscrutable mystery, even there has the name of Cedric been sounded and I, wretched and degraded, have rejoiced to think that there yet breathed an avenger of our unhappy nation.
Miss Lindsay has her maid with her," said Sir Charles, almost stammering, and looking at Gertrude, whose expression was inscrutable.
To this Don Quixote made answer, "Senora, your highness must know that everything or almost everything that happens me transcends the ordinary limits of what happens to other knights-errant; whether it he that it is directed by the inscrutable will of destiny, or by the malice of some jealous enchanter.