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inextinguishable

[in-ik-sting-gwi-shuh-buh l] /ˌɪn ɪkˈstɪŋ gwɪ ʃə bəl/
adjective
1.
not extinguishable:
an inextinguishable fire.
Origin of inextinguishable
1500-1510
First recorded in 1500-10; in-3 + extinguishable
Related forms
inextinguishably, adverb
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  • An unquiet and mysterious country of inextinguishable desires and fears.

    Tales of Unrest Joseph Conrad
  • The duchess appeared, all at once, to be seized with inextinguishable laughter.

  • Everything about her is crude and flaming and inextinguishable like life itself.

  • Nothing else but to be burned with inextinguishable fire, Mt 13, 42.

  • Didn't you feel, even when we were separated, that my love was inextinguishable?

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
  • Each glanced at the other with deadly, inextinguishable hate.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Luke was calmer, but his fury was deadly and inextinguishable.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • How inextinguishable the qualities of this extraordinary people!

British Dictionary definitions for inextinguishable

inextinguishable

/ˌɪnɪkˈstɪŋɡwɪʃəbəl/
adjective
1.
not able to be extinguished, quenched, or put to an end
Derived Forms
inextinguishableness, noun
inextinguishably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inextinguishable
adj.

c.1500, from in- (2) "not" + extinguishable (see extinguish). Related: Inextinguishably; inextinguishability.

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