untellable


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untellable

(ʌnˈtɛləbəl)
adj
not able to be told or uttered; not tellable; inexpressible
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Adj.1.untellable - defying expression or descriptionuntellable - 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
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References in classic literature ?
"My true friend," she said, in a faint voice, but with untellable pathos, "My true friend, and his!
The cusp of an action may tell us more than the act itself, and what passes between human hearts may be, as between Melville's Vere and Billy, the final, untellable word.
Generally, the Afghan refugees have been treated with respect and even warmth in the beginning because of the great power wars of intervention and their untellable sufferings.
It doesn't tell things that are usually deemed untellable. 'Untellable' are things that are suppressed and silenced by political and social forms of authority.
Acquaintance abuse particularly deals with non-experiences and untellable events.
The editors have organized the fifteen selections that make up the main body of the text in seven parts devoted to reasserting tradition, returning home to another war, telling the untellable, between the paradigms of the happy warrior and the bitter pacifist, the subaltern, the soldier and the other, and childrenAEs experiences of war.
And Dover Joes manage to "repeat" the Yarp's "weirded," unknowable, and untellable tale, despite having confessed he is unable: it is the story that we are reading.
In a phenomenological study of Beckett's oeuvre, like the thesis that this paper is extracted from (Hennessy, 2015), it seems to me that to omit a consideration of the ways in which gender, a lens through which our position in the world is viewed, shapes the human experience would be to tell only half of the already untellable story, and to attempt to swerve issues of gender amounts to yet another assimilation of Woman by man.
The problem with unchecked risk aversion is that erring on the side of finding things swings the balance of false positives in the unfavorable direction--telling thousands of people that they have cancer when they actually don't, for example, has led to unnecessary further tissue biopsies, surgeries, soft tissue scans, suicides, and untellable fear and psychological trauma.
Performance as a vocabulary for telling the untellable