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Monday, September 23, 2002


\in-DEL-uh-buhl\ , adjective;
that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink.
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
Indelible can be traced to the Latin indēlēbilis meaning "indestructible." It entered English in the mid-1500s.
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