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indelible

[in-del-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈdɛl ə bəl/
adjective
1.
making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like:
indelible ink.
2.
that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like:
the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.
Origin of indelible
1520-1530
1520-30; < Medieval Latin indēlibilis; replacing indeleble < Latin indēlēbilis indestructible. See in-3, dele, -ble
Related forms
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
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  • Hardly a spot of the annexed provinces but is stamped with indelible and, alas!

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • The circumstance made a forcible and indelible impression on my mind.

  • It was a scene which was remembered by all three as an indelible mark in their history.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • The fellow has used an indelible pencil to put his initials on it.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • She did not tell him, after a look at his face, that some sorrows are indelible.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
British Dictionary definitions for indelible

indelible

/ɪnˈdɛlɪbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being erased or obliterated
2.
making indelible marks: indelible ink
Derived Forms
indelibility, indelibleness, noun
indelibly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin indēlēbilis indestructible, from in-1+ delēre to destroy
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Word Origin and History for indelible
adj.

1520s, from Latin indelebilis "indelible, imperishable," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + delebilis "able to be destroyed," from delere "destroy, blot out" (see delete). Vowel change from -e- to -i- in English is late 17c. Related: Indelibly.

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