- not speakable; that may not be spoken.
- exceeding the power of speech; unutterable; inexpressible; indescribable.
- inexpressibly bad or objectionable.
Origin of unspeakable
1350–1400; Middle English unspekeabill. See un-1, speakable
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2. ineffable, unimaginable.
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Examples from the Web for unspeakable
Were you defining yourself as a fiction writer then, or did you already envision writing essays like the ones in The Unspeakable?Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life
December 6, 2014
But unlike other recent books in its genre, Unspeakable Things is markedly uninterested in converting its readers.Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism
September 18, 2014
Syria—not usually the unspeakable disaster it is now, but never good.Is It Just Me or Is the World Exploding? So Why Isn’t Obama Doing More?
July 28, 2014
While current protests focus on government corruption, the unspeakable succession to the throne overshadows all.The Real Crisis in Thailand is the Coming Royal Succession
February 22, 2014
“What we have is just a normal family who unfortunately was the victim of an unspeakable act,” says Banks of the NYPD.Brooklyn Mother, Four Children Allegedly Slain by Jealous Cousin
October 28, 2013
He closed his great, bony fist in unspeakable agony at the thought.Way of the Lawless
The revulsion of feeling, the unspeakable horror, the remorse, was more than I could bear.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
It is gone--but has left behind a sense of unspeakable desolation.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
It is with unspeakable agony I feel all this; lower I cannot sink in misery.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I was, indeed, a spirit in prison; and unspeakable was my dumb and unmoving agony.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
- incapable of expression in wordsunspeakable ecstasy
- indescribably bad or evil
- not to be utteredunspeakable thoughts
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Word Origin and History for unspeakable
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