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Related to ineffable: gaudiness
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.
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
in•ef•fa•ble(ɪnˈɛf ə bəl)
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.
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|Adj.||1.||ineffable - defying expression or description; "indefinable yearnings"; "indescribable beauty"; "ineffable ecstasy"; "inexpressible anguish"; "unspeakable happiness"; "unutterable contempt"; "a thing of untellable splendor"|
|2.||ineffable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"|
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"