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or un·nam·a·ble  (ŭn-nā′mə-bəl)
Not to be named or identified: "We lived in dread of various unnameable calamities" (Garrison Keillor).


(ʌnˈneɪməbəl) or


not able to be named or identified
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Adj.1.unnameable - too sacred to be utteredunnameable - too sacred to be uttered; "the ineffable name of the Deity"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
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The children have scabies and draw pictures of bombs, executions and unnameable atrocities, but they are still children who play with toy cars in the mud.
It's one of those films that is very, very special for unnameable reasons.
Synopsis: "Naming God: Avinu Malkeinu, Our Father, Our King" is an illuminating in-depth exploration of the complexities (and perhaps audacity) of naming the unnameable.
The land acts on those who are willing to listen to, see, and be transposed into its unnameable wonders (96).
But not for the French Muslim elite, or for the soldiers in the clandestine war against terrorism, or for the few journalists who dare to name the unnameable at the risk of being accused of Islamophobia.
On closer inspection, however, various elements (beaded necklaces, a plastic arm, a taillight from a car) begin to take on human characteristics, to suggest recognizable, if unnameable, beings--some decayed, others seemingly animate and, conceivably, capable of seeing themselves.
Darnielle's novel straddles the ordinary world and an unspeakable, unnameable darkness.
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If it is true that identities change when people cross borders, it must follow that literature freed from borders, like the queer poetry and fiction included in this issue of WLT, can transform unnameable truths into written--and spoken--beauty.
I heard a minister once make reference in the middle of a prayer or sermon to the unnameable, unknown thing that we call God, that each of us calls God.
In this she resembles the nameless, disintegrating protagonist of Beckett's The Unnameable, utterly baffled by the real, reduced to a filthy corner of the world, narrating the dissolution of the physical and social self, narrating unto nothingness.
Five recent films: Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson's remarkable Radio Unnameable deals with the histories of the indomitable Bob Fass, WBAI, and America from the late '50s to the present.