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or un·nam·a·ble  (ŭn-nā′mə-bəl)
Not to be named or identified: "We lived in dread of various unnameable calamities" (Garrison Keillor).


(ʌnˈneɪməbəl) or


not able to be named or identified
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Adj.1.unnameable - too sacred to be utteredunnameable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
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It's one of those films that is very, very special for unnameable reasons.
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But not for the French Muslim elite, or for the soldiers in the clandestine war against terrorism, or for the few journalists who dare to name the unnameable at the risk of being accused of Islamophobia.
Ott's success in liquidating Fathi's assets catches the attention of an underworld kingpin (Farouk al-Fishawy) who is not only unnameable but untouchable by either rival criminals or the invisible law enforcement apparatus.
Darnielle's novel straddles the ordinary world and an unspeakable, unnameable darkness.
She points to the accumulated 'traces' of translation and to 'the semi-obscured presence of the translator in the work' which 'makes visible, via an intimation of competing, incommensurable linguistic systems, an intrinsic separation of language from its unnameable objects' (p.
a poem that comments on this unnameable, innumerable larger whole.
If it is true that identities change when people cross borders, it must follow that literature freed from borders, like the queer poetry and fiction included in this issue of WLT, can transform unnameable truths into written--and spoken--beauty.
The poet has constructed a subject who experiences an overwhelming feeling of clarity while standing in the "fields of unnameable death".
The feminist implication of these drawings comes not simply from the imagery, but from something unsettling, unknowable, and unnameable, the artist's wish to leave the viewer befuddled.
I heard a minister once make reference in the middle of a prayer or sermon to the unnameable, unknown thing that we call God, that each of us calls God.
In this she resembles the nameless, disintegrating protagonist of Beckett's The Unnameable, utterly baffled by the real, reduced to a filthy corner of the world, narrating the dissolution of the physical and social self, narrating unto nothingness.