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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).
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(ʌnˈneɪməbəl) or


not able to be named or identified
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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References in classic literature ?
A bulky, blue-chinned man in white clothes, his name red-lettered across his lower shirtfront, spluttering from under a green-lined umbrella almost tearful appeals to be introduced to the Unintroducible; naming loudly the Unnameable; dancing, as it seemed, in perverse joy at mere mention of the Unmentionable--found those limits.
But the first pleasure in a frequently pleasurable evening was the backcloth, in a reproduction of an original work by Victor Hugo (a lovely touch) showing a sullen dark horizon with a menacing evening sky suggesting the advent of unnameable horror building up somewhere nearby.
Recalling his almost suicidal bout with depression, Styron wrote: 'My brain had begun to endure its familiar siege: panic and dislocation, and a sense that my thought processes were being engulfed by a toxic and unnameable tide that obliterated any enjoyable response to the living word.' A sense of dislocation can manifest itself not only in the psychic realm, but in every aspect of human existence: social, cultural, religious, political, and even in the economic sphere.
The first rains also bring up a certain, seemingly unnameable fragrance that is so satisfying to the senses.
Nor do other restrictions,' the unnameable analyst reflected.
The artist regrets that she "can't seem to learn anything about who Pan actually is." Invested with grief, pleasure, and unnameable affective excesses, Pan's imaginary body is indexed in Psychedelic Outfit (Sweatshirt and Bellbottoms).
Columbia University Libraries' Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) has acquired the archive of "Radio Unnameable's" host Bob Fass.
The second half offers close readings of Samuel BeckettAEs postwar trilogy (Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnameable), Marcel ProustAEs A la recherche du temps perdu, and Gertrude SteinAEs The Making of Americans.
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 was Anthony Minghella's first film, and he gathered the crew together on the first day and said: "I have one word: help." 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. One of the oldest and most beloved prayers known even to Jews who rarely attend synagogue is Avinu Malkeinu ("Our Father, Our King"), a liturgical staple for the entire High Holy Day period.
The land acts on those who are willing to listen to, see, and be transposed into its unnameable wonders (96).