[in-eks-pee-uh-buh l]


not to be expiated; not allowing for expiation or atonement: an inexpiable crime.
Obsolete. implacable: inexpiable hate.

Origin of inexpiable

From the Latin word inexpiābilis, dating back to 1560–70. See in-3, expiable
Related formsin·ex·pi·a·ble·ness, nounin·ex·pi·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for inexpiable

Historical Examples of inexpiable

  • A new Ahasuerus, cursed by inexpiable crime, yet sustained by a great purpose.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • Where, then, was the inexpiable crime of those who fulfilled the beneficent intention?


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • There were stories of inexpiable crimes, but stories also of guilt that seemed successful.


    George Eliot

  • Yes, yes; it was terrible guilt, an inexpiable crime, and she feels it to be so.

    The Marble Faun, Volume I.

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Yet the error was not inexpiable; and in his expiation he could put the seal to his devotion.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for inexpiable



incapable of being expiated; unpardonable
archaic implacable
Derived Formsinexpiableness, nouninexpiably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inexpiable

1560s, from Latin inexpiabilis "that cannot be atoned for," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + expiabilis, from expiare (see expiation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper