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  1. beyond the pale(Adjective)

    Describing behaviour that is considered to be outside the bounds of morality, good behaviour or judgement in civilised company.

  2. Origin: From pale, a jurisdiction under a given authority; often held by one nation in another country, hence suggesting that anything outside their control was uncivilised. It was in use by the mid-17th century. The phrase may be a reference to the general sense of boundary, but is often understood to refer to the English Pale in Ireland. In the nominally English territory of Ireland, only the pale fell genuinely under the authority of English law, hence the terms within the pale and beyond the pale.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of beyond the pale in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of beyond the pale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andrew Frisch:

    This is beyond the pale, and I think it was clear.

  2. Bettina Elias Siegel:

    This is really beyond the pale in terms of its aggressive marketing to kids.

  3. James Mitchell:

    In my view, the CIA analysts and the CIA targeters are incredible, to do this, to besmirch them, I think, is beyond the pale.

  4. Ibrahim Hooper:

    This is way beyond the pale, this is basically a call to persecute a religious minority based on nothing other than their faith.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    There are certain crimes that are so beyond the pale that I understand society's need to express its outrage, so I have not traditionally been opposed to the death penalty in theory. But in practice it's deeply troubling.

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