unutterable


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un·ut·ter·a·ble

 (ŭn-ŭt′ər-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Inexpressible or indescribable: "The liar leads an existence of unutterable loneliness" (Adrienne Rich).
2. Impossible to pronounce: unutterable consonant clusters.

un·ut′ter·a·ble·ness n.
un·ut′ter·a·bly adv.

unutterable

(ʌnˈʌtərəbəl)
adj
incapable of being expressed in words
unˈutterableness n
unˈutterably adv

un•ut•ter•a•ble

(ʌnˈʌt ər ə bəl)

adj.
unspeakable; beyond expression: unutterable joy.
[1580–90]
un•ut′ter•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unutterable - too sacred to be utteredunutterable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
2.unutterable - defying expression or descriptionunutterable - 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
3.unutterable - very difficult to pronounce correctlyunutterable - very difficult to pronounce correctly; "an unpronounceable foreign word"; "unutterable consonant clusters"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions

unutterable

adjective indescribable, extreme, overwhelming, unimaginable, unspeakable, ineffable, beyond words An unutterable sadness swept over her.

unutterable

adjective
That cannot be described:
Idioms: beyond description, defying description.
Translations
لا يُمْكِن التَفَوُّه بهلا يوصَف
nepopsatelnýnevýslovný
ubeskrivelig
ósegjanlegur
neizsakāms
anlatılması olanaksıztarifi imkânsız

unutterable

[ʌnˈʌtərəbl] ADJindecible

unutterable

adj wordunaussprechlich; joy, longing, sadnessunsäglich, unbeschreiblich; he talks unutterable rubbisher redet völligen Unsinn

unutterable

[ʌnˈʌtrəbl] adj (liter) (joy, boredom) → indicibile

unutterable

(anˈatərəbl) adjective
1. (of a feeling) too strong to be expressed. To his unutterable horror, the ground began to shake.
2. too bad to describe. What unutterable rudeness!
References in classic literature ?
In unutterable distress and alarm I asked myself, "Is my husband beginning to deceive me?
And, I conceive moreover, that the hearts holding such miserable secrets as you speak of, will yield them up, at that last day, not with reluctance, but with a joy unutterable.
An unintentional cry of Joy escaped the Youth, he let his Zither fall, and with extended arms he called out the name of the enigmatical Being, who seemed to stoop lovingly to him and beckon to him in a friendly manner; indeed, if his ear did not deceive him, she called his name with unutterable sweet Whispers, proper to love.
unutterable wo--yes, inexorable girl, your vacillating 'yes' has rendered me the impersonation of that oppressive sentiment, of which your beauty and excellence have become the mocking reality.
I waited in unutterable expectation for the word that was to be spoken, for the movement that was to come.
The man was upon one knee, his back in the angle of the wall, his shoulders elevated to the level of his ears, his hands before his face, palms outward, the fingers spread and crooked like claws; the white face turned upward on the retracted neck had an expression of unutterable fright, the mouth half open, the eyes incredibly expanded.
We slipped out of the house noiselessly and found ourselves in the unutterable solemnity and strangeness of a dark night.
I did not, for some weeks, strike, or otherwise violently ill use it; but gradually - very gradually - I came to look upon it with unutterable loathing, and to flee silently from its odious presence, as from the breath of a pestilence.
Graham,' said I, suddenly stopping short, checked in my passionate declamation by unutterable feelings to behold her actually smiling at the picture of the ruin she had wrought.
I felt the ominous future coming close, chilling me with an unutterable awe, forcing on me the conviction of an unseen design in the long series of complications which had now fastened round us.
I dashed at the place in which I had left her lying and over which (for the small silk counterpane and the sheets were disarranged) the white curtains had been deceivingly pulled forward; then my step, to my unutterable relief, produced an answering sound: I perceived an agitation of the window blind, and the child, ducking down, emerged rosily from the other side of it.
If any one thing in my experience, more than another, served to deepen my conviction of the infernal char- acter of slavery, and to fill me with unutterable loathing of slaveholders, it was their base ingrati- tude to my poor old grandmother.