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incomparable

[in-kom-per-uh-buh l, -pruh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. beyond comparison; matchless or unequaled: incomparable beauty.
  2. not comparable; incapable of being compared to each other, as two unlike objects or qualities, or to one or more others.

Origin of incomparable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word incomparābilis. See in-3, comparable
Related formsin·com·pa·ra·bil·i·ty, in·com·pa·ra·ble·ness, nounin·com·pa·ra·bly, adverb

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1. peerless, unrivaled, inimitable.

Antonyms

1. ordinary, mediocre.
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  • These heights are incomparably, unutterably beyond vision and union.

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  • Each is incomparably superior to his companion in some faculty.

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  • She shrank from the incomparably insolent manner of the governess.

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  • His setting of Schiller's "Ode to Joy" was incomparably the best of the sixty efforts.

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  • They were incomparably more lifelike than the frozen figures.

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British Dictionary definitions for incomparably

incomparable

adjective
  1. beyond or above comparison; matchless; unequalled
  2. lacking a basis for comparison; not having qualities or features that can be compared
Derived Formsincomparability or incomparableness, nounincomparably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for incomparably

adv.

early 15c., from incomparable + -ly (2).

incomparable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French incomparable (12c.) or directly from Latin incomparabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + comparabilis "comparable" (see comparable).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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