irresistibility


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Related to irresistibility: Scath, undeterred, overhyped

ir·re·sis·ti·ble

 (ĭr′ĭ-zĭs′tə-bəl)
adj.
1. Impossible to resist: an irresistible impulse to sneeze.
2. Having an overpowering appeal: irresistible beauty.
3. Usage Problem Inevitable or inexorable.

ir′re·sis′ti·bil′i·ty, ir′re·sis′ti·ble·ness n.
ir′re·sis′ti·bly adv.
Usage Note: The word irresistible is sometimes used to mean "bound to happen, unstoppable, inevitable." A majority of the Usage Panel objects to this usage. In our 2006 survey, some 65 percent rejected the sentence The rise of liberal blogs was irresistible, given the broader climate of political debate.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irresistibility - the quality of being overpowering and impossible to resist
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
Translations
عَدَم القُدْرَه على مُقاوَمَتِهِ
neodolatelnost
uimodståelighed
ellenállhatatlanság
ómótstæîileiki
neodolateľnosť
karşı konulamazlık

irresistible

(iriˈzistəbl) adjective
too strong, delightful, tempting etc to be resisted. He had an irresistible desire to hit her.
ˌirreˈsistibly adverb
ˈirreˌsistiˈbility noun
References in classic literature ?
my dream of universal irresistibility was but short-lived, for next afternoon, as William and I sat out at some cafe together, I found myself the object of chaff.
Buying impulsivity was assessed with three items, namely, "I buy things I don't need," "I buy things I did not plan to buy," and "I consider myself an impulse purchaser," to determine the degree of irresistibility of the buying impulse.
Calvinism is rooted in the theological work of 16th century Reformation leader John Calvin (1509-1564), with an emphasis on God's sovereignty, total human depravity, the predestination of the elect for heaven or hell, the irresistibility of grace, the limit of Christ's atonement to the elect, and the impossibility of those same elect losing their salvation.
Heidegger: "The irresistibility of the metaphysical essence of technology now incorporates the human being, calculated as the most important raw material.
And then one recalls that Foreign Bodies is a rewrite of The Ambassadors, with the irresistibility of the woman in Paris that keeps a young American from returning to his family in the United States having less to do with sophistication or sensuality (as in James) than with the intoxicating virtue of the extreme of abjection known by certain displaced persons making their way westward through postwar Europe.
Opera's most notorious femme fatale should exude a sexual irresistibility to drive the tragedy and ideally hold the audience's attention throughout.
In assimilating sea perils to force majeure events the defendant carrier must therefore prove the unforeseeability and irresistibility of the supervening occurrence.
Speaking of notches on the bed, irresistibility is about understanding the primal need to feel important.
Sanchez and Cazorla teased defenders at will after the break, Arsenal roused themselves into irresistibility.
The distressed "ripped" jeans look is hardly a new trendnot even close, but never underestimate its sartorial irresistibility.
In explicit terms, they told us what they 'd like to do to us, with us and in what Zora Neal Hurston calls the illusion of male irresistibility, what they'd like to do for us.