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[in-di-skrahy-buh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈskraɪ bə bəl/
not describable; too extraordinary for description:
a scene of indescribable confusion; indescribable euphoria.
Origin of indescribable
1785-95; in-3 + describable
Related forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
overwhelming, indefinable, unutterable. Unabridged
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  • And his mouth was drawn down into Jeremiah lines of woe that are indescribable.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife Corra Harris
  • There was an indescribable menace in the forger's half-uttered threat.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Her face was as white as the face of the dead, and an indescribable expression upon it that I can never, never forget.

  • There was indescribable rebuke in her slow emphasis of the words.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • And with these words, pronounced with an indescribable dignity, he dismissed them.

    The Queen's Necklace Alexandre Dumas pre
British Dictionary definitions for indescribable


beyond description; too intense, extreme, etc, for words
Derived Forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indescribable

1794, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + describable (see describe). Related: Indescribably; indescribability. In same sense, Old English had unasecgendlic.

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