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unutterable

[uhn-uht-er-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈʌt ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not communicable by utterance; unspeakable; beyond expression:
unutterable joy.
2.
not utterable; not pronounceable:
an unutterable foreign word.
Origin of unutterable
1580-1590
1580-90; un-1 + utterable
Related forms
unutterably, adverb
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Examples from the Web for unutterable
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  • We will not go into ecstasies over the unutterable bliss of that moment.

  • She laid her hand upon it, and in a tone of unutterable tenderness said, 'Man-Steenie!'

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • After that she soon did realize that the wondrous and the unutterable had happened to her too.

    The Price of Love Arnold Bennett
  • But he saw at last to the bottom of them; saw there unutterable sorrow and love.

    Louisiana Lou William West Winter
  • Her eyes were swollen with grief, her hair disheveled, and she appeared in all the dishabille of unutterable anguish.

    Josephine John S. C. Abbott
  • "You did not want me," said the girl, in a tone of unutterable pain.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Eleanor could not speak; she stood the image of unutterable despair.

  • Slowly then, smiling with unutterable malice, Marzak lowered his bow.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • What but a smile of ridicule or of censure could attend on such a detail of "unutterable things?"

    Modern Flirtations Catherine Sinclair
  • He told me he was experiencing a feeling of unutterable relief, of vengeful elation.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for unutterable

unutterable

/ʌnˈʌtərəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being expressed in words
Derived Forms
unutterableness, noun
unutterably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unutterable
adj.

1580s, from un- (1) "not" + utterable (see utter (v.)). As a noun, from 1788; unutterables as a euphemism for "trousers" is recorded by 1843.

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