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[uhn-spee-kuh-buh l] /ʌnˈspi kə bəl/
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
Related forms
unspeakableness, noun
unspeakably, adverb
2. ineffable, unimaginable. Unabridged
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  • In the wretched state of my nerves, exertion of any kind is unspeakably disagreeable to me.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • If so, great, unspeakably great, are the glories which await thee!

    The Faithful Promiser John Ross Macduff
  • Such a necessity will be unspeakably painful, I fear, but I am very sure you will not shrink from it, Mr. Redmayne.

    The Red Redmaynes Eden Phillpotts
  • The length of the engagement seemed to him unspeakably cruel.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • I never saw it but once, but it thrilled me then unspeakably.

    The Flag Homer Greene
  • The lesson is easily read; and when read, it is unspeakably solemn and tender.

    The Parables of Our Lord William Arnot
  • It is an exquisite treat to read them as works of art, but taken literally they are unspeakably absurd.

British Dictionary definitions for unspeakably


incapable of expression in words: unspeakable ecstasy
indescribably bad or evil
not to be uttered: unspeakable thoughts
Derived Forms
unspeakableness, noun
unspeakably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unspeakably



c.1400, "inexpressible," from un- (1) "not" + speakable (see speak). Meaning "indescribably bad or wicked" is recorded from 1831. Related: Unspeakably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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