implacable

[ im-plak-uh-buhl, -pley-kuh- ]
/ ɪmˈplæk ə bəl, -ˈpleɪ kə- /

adjective

not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable: an implacable enemy.

Nearby words

  1. impious,
  2. impiously,
  3. impish,
  4. impitoyable,
  5. implacability,
  6. implacental,
  7. implant,
  8. implant denture,
  9. implantable,
  10. implantation

Origin of implacable

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Latin word implācābilis. See im-2, placable

Related formsim·plac·a·bil·i·ty, im·plac·a·ble·ness, nounim·plac·a·bly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for implacable

implacable

/ (ɪmˈplækəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of being placated or pacified; unappeasable
inflexible; intractable
Derived Formsimplacability or implacableness, nounimplacably, adverb

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Word Origin and History for implacable

implacable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French implacable, from Latin implacabilis "unappeasable," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + placabilis "easily appeased" (see placate). Related: Implacably.

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