[im-plak-uh-buhl, -pley-kuh-]


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

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

Synonyms for implacable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of implacable

Historical Examples of implacable

  • Peaceable Ambrose would have remonstrated, but Stephen was implacable.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • Else, could I hear the perpetual revilings of her implacable family?

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • In a soliloquy he declares himself the implacable enemy of Cuzco and the Inca.

    Apu Ollantay


  • It was Karl Yundt who was heard, implacable to his last breath.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • The sky was hard, implacable, without a star, but all the same translucid.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

British Dictionary definitions for implacable



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

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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