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[in-eks-pee-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛks pi ə bəl/
not to be expiated; not allowing for expiation or atonement:
an inexpiable crime.
Obsolete. implacable:
inexpiable hate.
Origin of inexpiable
From the Latin word inexpiābilis, dating back to 1560-70. See in-3, expiable
Related forms
inexpiableness, noun
inexpiably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for inexpiable
Historical Examples
  • A new Ahasuerus, cursed by inexpiable crime, yet sustained by a great purpose.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • Where, then, was the inexpiable crime of those who fulfilled the beneficent intention?

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • There were stories of inexpiable crimes, but stories also of guilt that seemed successful.

    Romola George Eliot
  • Yes, yes; it was terrible guilt, an inexpiable crime, and she feels it to be so.

    The Marble Faun, Volume I. Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Yet the error was not inexpiable; and in his expiation he could put the seal to his devotion.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • A second marriage in a woman is considered in India an inexpiable breach of conjugal fidelity.

  • Travelling in search of her he meets a girl, loves her, and all unwittingly commits an inexpiable offence.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The treachery of Jehu, in addition to his inexpiable cruelty, terrified the faithful, even while it served their ends.

  • inexpiable though the injury she had wrought against me and mine, still the woman was human—fellow-creature-like myself;—but he?

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • inexpiable, in-eks′pi-a-bl, adj. not able to be expiated or atoned for, implacable.

British Dictionary definitions for inexpiable


incapable of being expiated; unpardonable
(archaic) implacable
Derived Forms
inexpiableness, noun
inexpiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpiable

1560s, from Latin inexpiabilis "that cannot be atoned for," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + expiabilis, from expiare (see expiation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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