inarticulateness


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in·ar·tic·u·late

 (ĭn′är-tĭk′yə-lĭt)
adj.
1. Uttered without the use of normal words or syllables; incomprehensible as speech or language: "a cry ... that ... sank down into an inarticulate whine" (Jack London).
2. Unable to speak; speechless: inarticulate with astonishment.
3. Unable to speak with clarity or eloquence: an inarticulate debater.
4. Going unexpressed: inarticulate sorrow.
5. Biology Not having joints or segments.

in′ar·tic′u·late·ly adv.
in′ar·tic′u·late·ness, in′ar·tic′u·la·cy (-lə-sē) n.
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Jerry, who heard, registered, and recognized many words that were as truly tools of thought to him as they were to humans, but who, by inarticulateness of birth and breed, could not utter these many words, nevertheless in his mental processes, used images just as articulate men use words in their own mental processes.
He was confused, painfully conscious of his inarticulateness. He had felt the bigness and glow of life in what he had read, but his speech was inadequate.
Beneath the obvious prosaic explanation of her inarticulateness, however, one may read a reminder on the part of the novelist of the still unresolved anxieties and resentments which the persona herself does not - or cannot - make explicit, problems which deny her freedom of voice.
Viewers of Children and Film, for example, were ashamed at the inarticulateness of American children compared to Soviet children.
Actually, the reticence, timidity and inarticulateness can be interpreted as one symptom, or aspect, which should not determine the child's immediate future.
As this image of MacWhirr's voice is connected with the image of the coolie as baying hound, the power of white men over Asians becomes naturalized, not only because of the contrast between the coolies' savage animality and inarticulateness and MacWhirr's human reason and expression, but also because the captain's will to order is set in terms of final judgment and justice; the conditions on board the ship thus become eternal.
We visitors were shocked at the mediocrity and inarticulateness of most of the student questioners, who seemed to have no command even of syntax, much less thought, aside from their parroting of passd feminist cliches.
Harry causes grievous pain when he deserts his family, but for all his inarticulateness and intellectual incapacity, he intuitively accepts Karl Barth's elevation of faith over good works and is thus the only truly religious person in this disturbing novel.
Pinker cites research done on patients who have been reduced to inarticulateness by a condition known as 'aphasia.' Even as they have lost the ability to name pictures, produce coherent statements, or understand sentences, they retain the power to curse, or to use taboo words and epithets.
Surely no one who has made it his business to help people in trouble has failed to observe their relative inarticulateness. In the course of some conferences with a lady in distress, who laid claim to a pronounced feeling of personal worthlessness, I one day placed a mirror in front of her and asked her what she saw in it.
Meanwhile, architects were doing precisely the reverse, developing architectural theory as opposed to buildings, focusing on semiotics, distancing architecture from the mundane realities of building, and working especially hard to turn architecture into language and thereby earn autonomy, divesting themselves of the inarticulateness of building.
This sense of incongruity is further heightened by the presence of Bob and Doug, the all-too-Canadian symbols of beer-numbed inarticulateness.