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unspeakable

[uhn-spee-kuh-buh l] /ʌnˈspi kə bəl/
adjective
1.
not speakable; that may not be spoken.
2.
exceeding the power of speech; unutterable; inexpressible; indescribable.
3.
inexpressibly bad or objectionable.
Origin of unspeakable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unspekeabill. See un-1, speakable
Related forms
unspeakableness, noun
unspeakably, adverb
Synonyms
2. ineffable, unimaginable.
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  • To my unspeakable astonishment, he came with a proposal which will enable me to be my own man again in five years.

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
  • He closed his great, bony fist in unspeakable agony at the thought.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And, finally, he declares that he accepts two doctrines of 'unspeakable importance.'

  • The revulsion of feeling, the unspeakable horror, the remorse, was more than I could bear.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • He opened his eyes and fixed them, with a look of unspeakable love, on the face bending over him.

    The Gypsy Queen's Vow May Agnes Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for unspeakable

unspeakable

/ʌnˈspiːkəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of expression in words: unspeakable ecstasy
2.
indescribably bad or evil
3.
not to be uttered: unspeakable thoughts
Derived Forms
unspeakableness, noun
unspeakably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unspeakable
adj.

c.1400, "inexpressible," from un- (1) "not" + speakable (see speak). Meaning "indescribably bad or wicked" is recorded from 1831. Related: Unspeakably.

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