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unspeakable

[ uhn-spee-kuh-buhl ]
/ ʌnˈspi kə bəl /
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adjective

not speakable; that may not be spoken.
exceeding the power of speech; unutterable; inexpressible; indescribable.
inexpressibly bad or objectionable.

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Origin of unspeakable

1350–1400; Middle English unspekeabill.See un-1, speak, -able

OTHER WORDS FROM unspeakable

un·speak·a·ble·ness, nounun·speak·a·bly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unspeakable

unspeakable
/ (ʌnˈspiːkəbəl) /

adjective

incapable of expression in wordsunspeakable ecstasy
indescribably bad or evil
not to be utteredunspeakable thoughts

Derived forms of unspeakable

unspeakableness, noununspeakably, adverb
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