incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable.
not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable: an inscrutable smile.
incapable of being seen through physically; physically impenetrable: the inscrutable depths of the ocean.
Origin of inscrutable
Related formsin·scru·ta·bil·i·ty, in·scru·ta·ble·ness, nounin·scru·ta·bly, adverb
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English
word from Late Latin
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Historical Examples of inscrutably
He looked at me, inscrutably and attentively, through his gold spectacles.
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
But she herself, for a time, continued to wait, only looking up at him inscrutably.
Clare glanced at her inscrutably, and began to score the other essays.
He loomed at the back of her thoughts, inscrutably dark and romantic.
I insisted, but he stared at me inscrutably, and said that he had no record of the man.
British Dictionary definitions for inscrutably
Derived Formsinscrutability or inscrutableness, nouninscrutably, adverb
incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic
Word Origin for inscrutable
C15: from Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in- 1 + scrūtārī to examine
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Word Origin and History for inscrutably
c.1500, from Late Latin inscrutabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + scrutabilis, from scrutari "examine, ransack" (see scrutiny). Related: Inscrutably.
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