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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Definitions for ineffable

  1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
  2. Not to be uttered; taboo.

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Citations for ineffable
. . .the tension inherent in human language when it attempts to relate the ineffable, see the invisible, understand the incomprehensible. Jeffrey Burton Russell, A History of Heaven
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?" William A. Sherden, The Fortune Sellers
Origin of ineffable
late Middle English
1400-1450
Ineffable is from Latin ineffabilis, from in-, "not" + effabilis, "utterable," from effari, "to utter," from ex-, "out" + fari, "to speak."
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