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ineffable

[ in-ef-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈɛf ə bəl /
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adjective

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

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word ineffābilis.See in-3, effable

OTHER WORDS FROM ineffable

in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty, in·ef·fa·ble·ness, nounin·ef·fa·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for ineffable

ineffable
/ (ɪnˈɛfəbəl) /

adjective

too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
too sacred to be uttered
indescribable; indefinable

Derived forms of ineffable

ineffability 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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