ineffable


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in·ef·fa·ble

 (ĭn-ĕf′ə-bəl)
adj.
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.

ineffable

(ɪnˈɛfəbəl)
adj
1. too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
2. too sacred to be uttered
3. indescribable; indefinable
[C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in-1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak]
inˌeffaˈbility, inˈeffableness n
inˈeffably adv

in•ef•fa•ble

(ɪnˈɛf ə bəl)

adj.
1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin ineffābilis= in-3 + effabilis=effā(rī) to utter, say (ef- + fari- to speak) + -bilis -ble]
in•ef`fa•bil′i•ty, in•ef′fa•ble•ness, n.
in•ef′fa•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ineffable - defying expression or descriptionineffable - 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
2.ineffable - too sacred to be utteredineffable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"

ineffable

adjective indescribable, unspeakable, indefinable, beyond words, unutterable, inexpressible, incommunicable the ineffable sadness of many of the portraits

ineffable

adjective
That cannot be described:
Idioms: beyond description, defying description.
Translations
nevýslovný
ineffabilis

ineffable

[ɪnˈefəbl] ADJ (liter) → inefable

ineffable

adj (form)unsäglich (geh), → unsagbar, unaussprechlich

ineffable

[ɪnˈefəbl] adj (frm) → ineffabile
References in classic literature ?
They then fell upon each other's neck and wept scalding rills down each other's spine in token of their banishment to the Realm of Ineffable Bosh.
Sometimes a mischievous child risked his skin and bones for the ineffable pleasure of driving a pin into Quasimodo's hump.
Through the scene between Marguerite and the elder Duval, Lena wept unceasingly, and I sat helpless to prevent the closing of that chapter of idyllic love, dreading the return of the young man whose ineffable happiness was only to be the measure of his fall.
Morning to ye, shipmates, morning; the ineffable heavens bless ye; I'm sorry I stopped ye.
The very anticipations of delight to be enjoyed in his forthcoming visits -- the bright, pure gleam of heavenly happiness it diffused over the almost deadly warfare in which he had voluntarily engaged, illumined his whole countenance with a look of ineffable joy and calmness, as, immediately after Villefort's departure, his thoughts flew back to the cheering prospect before him, of tasting, at least, a brief respite from the fierce and stormy passions of his mind.
Such tranquil stupidity, such supernatural gravity, such self- righteousness, and such ineffable self-complacency as were in the countenance and attitude of that gray-bodied, dark-winged, bald-headed, and preposterously uncomely bird
The mystic sees the ineffable, and the psycho-pathologist the unspeakable.
I yearn for it; and when I drink it I savour every drop, and afterwards I feel my soul swimming in ineffable happiness.
The hearing of those wild notes always de- pressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sad- ness.
Between the past and the present was an ineffable abyss.
Had you seen her this morning, Mary," he continued, "attending with such ineffable sweetness and patience to all the demands of her aunt's stupidity, working with her, and for her, her colour beautifully heightened as she leant over the work, then returning to her seat to finish a note which she was previously engaged in writing for that stupid woman's service, and all this with such unpretending gentleness, so much as if it were a matter of course that she was not to have a moment at her own command, her hair arranged as neatly as it always is, and one little curl falling forward as she wrote, which she now and then shook back, and in the midst of all this, still speaking at intervals to me, or listening, and as if she liked to listen, to what I said.
At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity.