Definitions for ineffableɪnˈɛf ə bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ef•fa•bleɪnˈɛf ə bəl(adj.)

  1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible:

    ineffable joy.

  2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable:

    the ineffable name of the deity.

Origin of ineffable:

1400–50; late ME < MF < L ineffābilis=in -3+effabilis=effā(rī) to utter, say (ef-+fari- to speak) +-bilis-ble


Princeton's WordNet

  1. indefinable, indescribable, ineffable, unspeakable, untellable, unutterable(adj)

    defying expression or description

    "indefinable yearnings"; "indescribable beauty"; "ineffable ecstasy"; "inexpressible anguish"; "unspeakable happiness"; "unutterable contempt"; "a thing of untellable splendor"

  2. ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable(adj)

    too sacred to be uttered

    "the ineffable name of the Deity"


  1. ineffable(Adjective)

    Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.

  2. ineffable(Adjective)

    Forbidden to be uttered; taboo.

  3. Origin: First attested in 1450. From ineffable, from ineffabilis, from in- + effor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ineffable(adj)

    incapable of being expresses in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable; as, the ineffable joys of heaven


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