ineffable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ineffable defying expression or description "indefinable yearnings","indescribable beauty","ineffable ecstasy","inexpressible anguish","unspeakable happiness","unutterable contempt","a thing of untellable splendor"
    • adj ineffable too sacred to be uttered "the ineffable name of the Deity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Ineffable Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable; as, the ineffable joys of heaven. "Contentment with our lot . . . will diffuse ineffable contentment over the soul."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ineffable Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; inexpressible: as, the ineffable joys of heaven; ineffable disgust.
    • ineffable That must not be spoken: as, the ineffable name. See Jehovah.
    • n ineffable plural Trousers.
    • n ineffable One who is not to be named; one who is too high in his profession or in the fashionable world to be named with others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Ineffable in-ef′a-bl that cannot be described, inexpressible
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ineffabilis,: cf. F. ineffable,. See In- not, and Effable Fame
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ineffabilisin, not, effabilis, effable.

Usage

In literature:

There were carriages full of girls with complexions of ivory and claret, air of ineffable daintiness.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
But in music, out of the sounds something emerges which is above the sounds, and that ineffable thing I touched and lost.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
Dimly I saw a peri waving a fan, making a breeze scented with ineffable fragrance.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Mr. Chaplin is always to the front on such occasions; pompous, prolix, and ineffably dull.
"Sketches In The House (1893)" by T. P. O'Connor
One reason for this is the ineffable softness of much of what is called Christian literature.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
She pressed the hand which was holding hers and looked up into his face with ineffable love.
"The Redemption of David Corson" by Charles Frederic Goss
Her face was rosy and calm with the sweet ineffable confidence of a good child who has only good intentions.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
It is a cry from the deeps of ineffable boredom.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
Compared to the comprehensible, reproducible effects of sunlight, it was as the wonder of the ineffable to the beauty of a magnificent picture.
"The Jervaise Comedy" by J. D. Beresford
It was like an ineffable May moon.
"The Three Black Pennys" by Joseph Hergesheimer
Rose, watching his face very closely, thought that for just a split second, she caught a gleam of ineffable horror.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
He prefers the freedom of masculinity and ineffables.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
An expression of ineffable triumph, and of triumph only, flickered in the Older Man's face.
"Little Eve Edgarton" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
A sort of exquisite romantic flower; like a violet filling the whole air with the ineffable perfume of belief.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
Lady Latimer wore a countenance of ineffable patience.
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
From the moment of my avowal to Rosa it seemed that the evil spirit of the dead Lord Clarenceux had assumed an ineffable dominion over me.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett
Three were young ladies in print morning gowns; the fourth was the ineffable dude, Lamb.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
Mabel's deep gray eyes grew large and luminous as her artist-soul drank in the ineffable beauty.
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
After this we come to some ineffable compositions which the poet has simply entitled, 'Moods of my own Mind.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
There are some situations of the Negroes too full of ineffable pity for utterance.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
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In poetry:

Vaguer than violets, your eyes
Dim sweetness oracle,
Breathe of a flower more lovely-rare,
Fragrance ineffable!
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
Ineffable power dwelt in his hands,
A saga of feet was retold;
A beautiful cloud he was for his land
Mycenae — the country of gold.
"Agamemnon's Warrior" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
To solve all doubts—all darkness to disperse,
And bathe in sunshine all the universe;
And as the seraphs bask in light divine,
May the same bliss ineffable be mine.
"Christian Hopes" by John Bowring
Caesar's ears in vain
Had she implored, but aided by her charms
The wanton's prayers prevailed, and by a night
Of shame ineffable, passed with her judge,
She won his favour.
"Pharsalia - Book X: Caesar In Egypt" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
A stillness, strange, divine, ineffable,
Broods round and o'er them in the wind's surcease,
And on each tinted copse and shimmering dell
Rests the mute rapture of deep hearted peace.
"Aspects Of The Pines" by Paul Hamilton Hayne
In the sweep of the worlds, in the surge of the ages,
Ineffable, mighty, majestic and pure,
Beyond the last pinnacle seized by the thinker
He is throned in His seats that for ever endure.
"Who" by Sri Aurobindo

In news:

Meet the best soccer player in the world (thanks to the ineffable genius of his teammates).
An exploration of artwork and the ineffable focusing on classical masterpieces contextualized within the western history of ideas.
Seattle's ineffable bitterness over the Oklahoma City Thunder's run to the NBA Finals now has a soundtrack.
Rabe demystifies the ineffable Off-Ramp e-newsletter.
Her older sister Orual is ugly and jealous, and the gods, as ever, are capricious and ineffable.
Now meet playtarot, a fun and aesthetically tantalizing series of (virtual) cards that mixes the fun of plastic figurines and the mystique of the ineffeable fortune-telling deck.
Hayes designs delicate, handblown glass terrariums in organic shapes that call to mind bubbles, teardrops, body parts, peanuts, pears -- all with ineffably elegant tiny gardens inside.
Kirsten Everberg's paintings are ineffably beautiful.
No "indie artists" sprang into being due to the ineffable joys of having their work stolen and distributed for free on Bittorrent - rather, now that things like ITunes allow the middleman to be LEGITIMATELY cut out, they spring into being.
I first heard the ineffable Irish language as a child, not in Ireland but in Brooklyn.
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