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indescribable

[in-di-skrahy-buh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈskraɪ bə bəl/
adjective
1.
not describable; too extraordinary for description:
a scene of indescribable confusion; indescribable euphoria.
Origin of indescribable
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; in-3 + describable
Related forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
Synonyms
overwhelming, indefinable, unutterable.
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  • It was an indescribable change, but Andrew knew that the man had opened his eyes.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The peculiar feelings one has who is a "runaway" are indescribable.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • There was an indescribable menace in the forger's half-uttered threat.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • There was indescribable rebuke in her slow emphasis of the words.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I had an indescribable sense that I ought to applaud, as if I were a public meeting.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for indescribable

indescribable

/ˌɪndɪˈskraɪbəbəl/
adjective
1.
beyond description; too intense, extreme, etc, for words
Derived Forms
indescribability, indescribableness, noun
indescribably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for indescribable
adj.

1794, from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + describable (see describe). Related: Indescribably; indescribability. In same sense, Old English had unasecgendlic.

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