- 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 unspeakably
That it is being done at all is sickening and unspeakably cruel.Investigators Track Adam Lanza’s Facebook Impersonators
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Knowing that you're facing death and having to bury your daughter under unspeakably senseless and shocking circumstances.One of the Saddest Things You'll Ever Read
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Their experience was at once unspeakably common and unbearably personal.Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered
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It was unspeakably humiliating to be told that she had overstepped her authority.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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He slouched and shuffled in his walk, and he was unspeakably dirty.St. Martin's Summer
The explanation was at once obvious and unspeakably foolish.Nobody
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They bored him unspeakably, and the performance lasted half an hour.Aunt Rachel
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- incapable of expression in wordsunspeakable ecstasy
- indescribably bad or evil
- not to be utteredunspeakable thoughts
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Word Origin and History for unspeakably
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