ineffable

[in-ef-uh-buhl]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin ineffābilis. See in-3, effable

ineffability, ineffableness, noun
ineffably, adverb


2. unspeakable.
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ineffable (ɪnˈɛfəbəl)
 
adj
1.  too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
2.  too sacred to be uttered
3.  indescribable; indefinable
 
[C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in-1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak]
 
ineffa'bility
 
n
 
in'effableness
 
n
 
in'effably
 
adv

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ineffable
mid-15c., from Fr. ineffable (14c.), from L. ineffabilis "unutterable," from in- "not" + effabilis "speakable," from effari "utter," from ex- "out" + fari "speak" (see fame).
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Example sentences
My nine-year-old didn't have an immediate answer, but instinctively and ineffably, she knew she had arrived.
These antiquities appear ineffably curious when one sees them side by.
He watched them feeding, or moving with their ceaseless restlessness up and down the cage, or lying in ineffably graceful repose.
My fathers reverence was offended by this familiar way of speaking a name which was ineffably sacred to him, and he made no reply.
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