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.
- in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty, in·ef·fa·ble·ness, noun
- in·ef·fa·bly, adverb
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How to use ineffable in a sentence
Aunt Rachel's face, ineffably ignorant and ineffably sweet, lit up with a smile of welcome.Tramping on Life | Harry Kemp
It seemed some angel voice had whispered something ineffably sweet to her.Around Old Bethany | Robert Lee Berry
Dexter understood himself, and Jessie understood him: such folk make no pretences; they are ineffably real.
The whole set make an ineffably sweet impression on our mind, and it is difficult to turn to the other pictures in the room.The Story of Perugia | Margaret Symonds
Yet she was more familiar to him than the women he had known best, and she was ineffably beautiful and consoling.Nona Vincent | Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for ineffable
too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
too sacred to be uttered
- ineffability or ineffableness, noun
- ineffably, adverb
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