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ineffable

[in-ef-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛf ə bəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible:
ineffable joy.
2.
not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable:
the ineffable name of the deity.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin ineffābilis. See in-3, effable
Related forms
ineffability, ineffableness, noun
ineffably, adverb
Synonyms
2. unspeakable.
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British Dictionary definitions for ineffableness

ineffable

/ɪnˈɛfəbəl/
adjective
1.
too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
2.
too sacred to be uttered
3.
indescribable; indefinable
Derived Forms
ineffability, ineffableness, noun
ineffably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in-1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak
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Word Origin and History for ineffableness

ineffable

adj.

late 14c., from Old French ineffable (14c.) or directly from Latin ineffabilis "unutterable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + effabilis "speakable," from effari "utter," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fari "speak" (see fame (n.)). Plural noun ineffables was, for a time, a jocular euphemism for "trousers" (1823). Related: Ineffably.

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