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1. Impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent: indelible ink.
2. Making a mark not easily erased or washed away: an indelible pen for labeling clothing.
3. Unable to be forgotten; memorable: an indelible memory.

[Alteration of earlier indeleble, from Latin indēlēbilis : in-, not; see in-1 + dēlēbilis, capable of being effaced (from dēlēre, to wipe out).]

in·del′i·bil′i·ty n.
in·del′i·bly adv.
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In combining indelibility and indistinctness, such data resembles a mnemonic yet inscrutable poem--or a phonographic cylinder that serves as a precise index of the past that it ineluctably alters.
All Markings Shall Be Carried Out With Such Material As May Be Found Satisfactory By The Inspecting Officer As Regards Quickness Of Drying, Fastness And Indelibility.
Beginning in the "Prologue: To Sound American," and continuing for the length of the book, Granade argues for the indelibility of those experiences not only for Partch's musical output, but even more intriguingly, for the way in which Partch later constructed his identity around and against that of the hobo, even though those experiences only lasted for fifteen years.
It occurred to me to point out that the question itself obviated the alleged indelibility, the fixed quality of absolute identification, that they sought.
The indelibility of Hogan's Heroes recasts these two actors, retroactively, as Klink and Schultz, on the ramp at Auschwitz, making clowns of the characters, disguising, yet again, the murderers of Jews as Hollywood stars.
Similarly, in a section of his study called "The Evaporation of Meaning," Versluys meticulously reads several paragraphs in the novel to show the "very texture of the prose itself reflects the raggedness of experience, while the splintered composition of the novel is the most telling proof of the indelibility of trauma and its shattering impact" (40).
It carries connotations of permanence and indelibility, while evoking ghosts of the Grays' past and linking them to the England and Scotland of the Stuart era.
The indelibility of El Greco's Greek origins and, by consequence, that of his stylistic metamorphosis emerged with stark clarity in the exhibition 'The Origins of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete' at the Alexander S.
It is important to note that whereas the shadows of the participants establish the presence of this traumatic event in the poem, the poem's very existence--and other poems that imagine it--establishes the indelibility and replay of the Long Bridge incident in American consciousness.
For biorepositories where frozen tissues undergo long-term storage, label indelibility is particularly important.
Both seek a kind of dimension and indelibility that will make a play and its ideas linger with an audience beyond the curtain call.
78) However, Adrastus' suggestion here is antithetical to many other voices of the Thebaid, which assert the indelibility of ancestral stigma, as repeatedly reaffirmed by Jupiter.