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indelible

[in-del-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like:
indelible ink.
2.
that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like:
the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.
Origin of indelible
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin indēlibilis; replacing indeleble < Latin indēlēbilis indestructible. See in-3, dele, -ble
Related forms
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
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  • He had no chance, and one time, in enforced retirement from the world, he indelibly inscribed the legend on his forearm.

  • The face of Esther Randolph is indelibly painted on his memory.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • How sharply and indelibly cut in my memory, like intaglios in ivory, the surroundings of that scene, even to the minutest detail!

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
  • Lessons swift and bitter are indelibly impressed on the minds of the pupils there.

    Eventide Effie Afton
  • He has indelibly branded these miserable actors who play upon the theatre of their vices the comedy of their vanity.

British Dictionary definitions for indelibly

indelible

/ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being erased or obliterated
2.
making indelible marks: indelible ink
Derived Forms
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in-1+ delēre to destroy
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Word Origin and History for indelibly

indelible

adj.

1520s, from Latin indelebilis "indelible, imperishable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + delebilis "able to be destroyed," from delere "destroy, blot out" (see delete). Vowel change from -e- to -i- in English is late 17c. Related: Indelibly.

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