Sunday, July 12, 2009
ineffable adjective [in-EF-uh-buhl] Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
Definitions for ineffable
- Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
- Not to be uttered; taboo.
Get the Word of the Day Email
Citations for ineffable
. . .the tension inherent in human language when it attempts to relate the ineffable, see the invisible, understand the incomprehensible.
Pope John Paul II notes that people are drawn to religion to answer the really big questions--for example, "What is the ultimate ineffable mystery which is the origin and destiny of our existence?"
Origin of ineffable
late Middle English
Ineffable is from Latin ineffabilis, from in-, "not" + effabilis, "utterable," from effari, "to utter," from ex-, "out" + fari, "to speak."