untellable


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untellable

(ʌnˈtɛləbəl)
adj
not able to be told or uttered; not tellable; inexpressible
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Adj.1.untellable - defying expression or descriptionuntellable - 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
References in classic literature ?
My true friend," she said, in a faint voice, but with untellable pathos, "My true friend, and his
is thus called into being by the trauma it attempts to tell--it is not a novel, or even a narrative, but a testimony, a telling encounter with the untellable that is the trace of its inscrutable meaning.
is not merely a somewhat unconventional love story, it is also the fifty-year chronicle of an Austrian family whose memory is overshadowed by an almost untellable secret about their father.
The stories get themselves told because the narrator is constrained to tell the untellable, or, perhaps more accurately, to tell that which has become so difficult of access that it refuses to fit the defined if unlikely areas inhabited by, say, "Mr.
Against decorum, no doubt, but surely part of the point is that here, at the end of this play, decorum has failed, has revealed itself as the mask for almost untellable savagery and pain.
If our lenses could see even farther, we might glimpse the cosmos of untellable gravity: alogos.
At one point in the novel the narrator fantasizes about his brother becoming a well-known poet, saying that he "understood the need for poetry because language can never be trusted and what the world doesn't need is another long story and all the real stories have become untellable anyway" (129).
Through a "memory shriven clean as Kansas state line" (Ortiz 23), Ortiz tells the untellable thing that is not quite a story, bur rather a sense, something that "feels like a story" (Ortiz 18).
This one is an imaginary and covert identification, a crypto-fantasy that, being untellable, cannot be shown in the light of day.
The dramatic tension of the Trilogy, to my mind, is found in the disjunction that opens up between the time of narrative, the chain of increasingly untellable and untenable stories, and the nonnarratable time of the narrative voice.
Here, of course, and far too late for a man of his status, we must formally introduce Hannon into the story of the season, as his tale is so intrinsically linked with that of Hughes for one to be untellable without the other.
Erotic assignations, however tender and loving, remain untellable.