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[in-ik-sting-gwi-shuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃə bəl/
not extinguishable:
an inextinguishable fire.
Origin of inextinguishable
1500-10; in-3 + extinguishable
Related forms
inextinguishably, adverb Unabridged
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  • The cause, doubtless, is as inextinguishable as the Auchness potatoes.

  • Luke was calmer, but his fury was deadly and inextinguishable.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • More bitter still, we are told, she came to know that in her great sorrow and inextinguishable love she was all alone.

  • Everything about her is crude and flaming and inextinguishable like life itself.

  • But he had driven on through it and in it, and had found it, as I recall his account, to be made of inextinguishable dreams.

    Friendship Village Zona Gale
  • Yet the lamp of their loyalty burned with inextinguishable brightness.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Thou showest us in ourselves depths which make us giddy, inextinguishable needs, treasures of suffering.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • Old John Grant plied the assailants with his inextinguishable fire.

British Dictionary definitions for inextinguishable


not able to be extinguished, quenched, or put to an end
Derived Forms
inextinguishableness, noun
inextinguishably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inextinguishable

c.1500, from in- (2) "not" + extinguishable (see extinguish). Related: Inextinguishably; inextinguishability.

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