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unmentionable

[uhn-men-shuh-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈmɛn ʃə nə bəl/
adjective
1.
not mentionable; inappropriate, unfit, or improper for mention, as in polite conversation; unspeakable.
noun
2.
something that is not to be mentioned:
That subject was classed among the unmentionables.
3.
unmentionables.
  1. undergarments.
  2. (formerly) trousers or breeches.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; un-1 + mentionable
Related forms
unmentionableness, noun
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Examples for unmentionable
  • Then he pulled off a risky move-he found a way to mention the unmentionable.
  • Early in the meeting an older worker stood up and asked openly about the trials, for years an unmentioned and unmentionable topic.
  • It is a place where the unthinkable can be thought, the unmentionable can be challenged.
  • As for the disease that was for so many years unmentionable, it is now being slowly un- masked.
British Dictionary definitions for unmentionable

unmentionable

/ʌnˈmɛnʃənəbəl/
adjective
1.
  1. unsuitable or forbidden as a topic of conversation
  2. (as noun) the unmentionable
Derived Forms
unmentionableness, noun
unmentionably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unmentionable
unmentionable
1837, from un- (1) "not" + mentionable (see mention (v.)). Unmentionables "trousers" is attested from 1823; meaning "underwear" is recorded from 1910.
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