unspeakableness

unspeakable

[uhn-spee-kuh-buhl]
adjective
1.
not speakable; that may not be spoken.
2.
exceeding the power of speech; unutterable; inexpressible; indescribable.
3.
inexpressibly bad or objectionable.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English unspekeabill. See un-1, speakable

unspeakableness, noun
unspeakably, adverb


2. ineffable, unimaginable.
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unspeakable (ʌnˈspiːkəbəl)
 
adj
1.  incapable of expression in words: unspeakable ecstasy
2.  indescribably bad or evil
3.  not to be uttered: unspeakable thoughts
 
un'speakableness
 
n
 
un'speakably
 
adv

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