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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Definitions for indelible

  1. that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.
  2. making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink.

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Citations for indelible
Alone among the celebrity journalists of the sixties… he has both given us indelible portraits of living people and brought ideas to vivid, eccentric life. Rhoda Koenig, "Tom Wolfe Rattles the Foundations of Modern Architecture," New York, 1981
How had she remembered it all? She hadn't made an effort--how had every dish remained so indelible after all conversations and glances had faded? Andrew Sean Greer, How It Was for Me: Stories, 2000
Origin of indelible
1520-1530
Indelible can be traced to the Latin indēlēbilis meaning "indestructible." It entered English in the mid-1500s.