[ in-ef-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈɛf ə bəl /
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy.
not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the deity.
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Origin of ineffable
OTHER WORDS FROM ineffablein·ef·fa·bil·i·ty, in·ef·fa·ble·ness, nounin·ef·fa·bly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for ineffable
They at once usher us into that ineffability of Beethoven's which we spoke of.Beethoven's Symphonies Critically Discussed|Alexander Teetgen
British Dictionary definitions for ineffable
/ (ɪnˈɛfəbəl) /
too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
too sacred to be uttered
Derived forms of ineffableineffability or ineffableness, nounineffably, adverb
Word Origin for ineffable
C15: from Latin ineffābilis unutterable, from in- 1 + effābilis, from effārī to utter, from fārī to speak
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