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[in-ik-sting-gwi-shuh-buh l]
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  1. not extinguishable: an inextinguishable fire.
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Origin of inextinguishable

First recorded in 1500–10; in-3 + extinguishable
Related formsin·ex·tin·guish·a·bly, adverb
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  • An unquiet and mysterious country of inextinguishable desires and fears.

    Tales of Unrest

    Joseph Conrad

  • The duchess appeared, all at once, to be seized with inextinguishable laughter.

  • Everything about her is crude and flaming and inextinguishable like life itself.

  • Nothing else but to be burned with inextinguishable fire, Mt 13, 42.

  • Didn't you feel, even when we were separated, that my love was inextinguishable?

    The Hero

    William Somerset Maugham

British Dictionary definitions for inextinguishable


  1. not able to be extinguished, quenched, or put to an end
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Derived Formsinextinguishableness, nouninextinguishably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inextinguishable


c.1500, from in- (2) "not" + extinguishable (see extinguish). Related: Inextinguishably; inextinguishability.

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