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1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable: ineffable joy.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ineffābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + effābilis, utterable (from effārī, to utter : ex-, ex- + fārī, to speak; see bhā- in Indo-European roots).]

in·ef′fa·bil′i·ty, in·ef′fa·ble·ness n.
in·ef′fa·bly adv.
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But in this performance for Bromsgrove Concerts of Schwencke's transcription, though not quite achieving the essence of the piece's ineffability, the Ensemble De-NOTE delivered it with a grateful awareness of its radiance.
Further, they are authoritative sources of knowledge, even in the light of their ineffability.
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Drawing on the work of Jacques Derrida, Kramer dedicates a substantial amount of space to a detailed discussion of the nature of music's perceived ineffability, positing that the sociocultural context of the music "opens up" die ability of music to express linguistically (compare this with Kofi Agawu's seminal work on the relationship or "play" between introversive and extroversive levels in Playing with Signs [Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991], 12-25).
The basic premise of both novels concerns a film crew that has been commissioned by a mysterious patron to undertake the search for Virgil's pastoral idyll, and a closer reading of both texts reveals a certain affinity with Borges' "The Aleph" (1945), where the common themes include the excessive need for public recognition, the instability underlying the illusion of permanence and the ineffability of psychic experience.
Jonathan Kemp's '"Her Lips Are Slightly Parted": The Ineffability of Erotic Sociality in Muriel Spark's The Driver's Seat' (2008) offers what he calls 'a queer reading' of the novel, but the essay seems rather more concerned with varieties of contemporary critical theory than with the novel itself.
The Rest is Silence': Ineffability and the 'Unscene' in Shakespeare's Plays.
It is a means of escaping the limitations of anthropocentric perspectives, even if what must always ultimately be accepted is the ineffability of an animal's or bird's point of view.
Kuewska, Eriugena on the ineffability of God, in VON H.
In Flaubert's case, with the storyline lapsing into description, and depiction of paintings taking over, we almost partake of the intensity and ineffability of what is coming to pass.
As we note that, beneath its veneer of secularism and disdain for religion, transhumanism embraces its own forms of prophecy, salvation, transcendence, eternal life, mythology, ineffability, and apocalypse, we see that there is not as much distance between transhumanism and religion as some might imagine.
The ineffability of his work has not prevented others from trying to copy it.