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Definitions for inscrutable
ɪnˈskru tə bəlin·scrutable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cryptic, cryptical, deep, inscrutable, mysterious, mystifyingadjective

    of an obscure nature

    "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutable workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals totally mystifying to visitors from other lands"

Wiktionary

  1. inscrutablenoun

    One who or that which is inscrutable; a person, etc. that cannot be comprehended.

    Etymology: From the inscrutabilis, from in- + scrutare, corresponding to

  2. inscrutableadjective

    Difficult or impossible to comprehend, fathom or interpret.

    His inscrutable theories would years later become the foundation of a whole new science.

    Etymology: From the inscrutabilis, from in- + scrutare, corresponding to

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inscrutableadjective

    unsearchable; incapable of being searched into and understood by inquiry or study; impossible or difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; as, an inscrutable design or event

    Etymology: [L. inscrutabilis : cf. F. inscrutable. See In- not, and Scrutiny.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inscrutable

    in-skrōōt′a-bl, adj. that cannot be scrutinised or searched into and understood: inexplicable.—ns. Inscrutabil′ity, Inscrut′ableness.—adv. Inscrut′ably. [L. inscrutabilisin, not, scrutāri, to search into.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inscrutable in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inscrutable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of inscrutable in a Sentence

  1. Louise Bogan:

    I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy

  2. Louise Bogan:

    I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

  3. E. M. Forster:

    But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.

  4. Adolf Hitler:

    When over long periods of human history I scrutinized the activity of the Jewish people, suddenly there arose up in me the fearful question whether inscrutable Destiny, perhaps for reasons unknown to us poor mortals, did not, with eternal and immutable resolve, desire the final victory of this little nation.

  5. I Ching:

    The quiet and solitary man apprehends the inscrutable. He seeks nothing, holds to the mean, and remains free from entanglements.

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  • مُسْتَغْلِق, غامِض, مُبْهَم, غَلِقArabic
  • insondable, inescrutableCatalan, Valencian
  • undurchschaubarGerman
  • ακατανόητοςGreek
  • enskribeblaEsperanto
  • inescrutable, impenetrable, incomprensible, insondableSpanish
  • مرموزPersian
  • käsittämätönFinnish
  • incompréhensible, impénétrable, insondableFrench
  • neuronsoilaghManx
  • insondabile, impenetrabile, incomprensibileItalian
  • בלתי ניתן לחיקויHebrew
  • ondoorgrondelijkDutch
  • tajemniczyPolish
  • inescrutávelPortuguese
  • necercetabil, neanchetabil, inscrutabil, de necercetat, neexaminabilRomanian
  • необъяснимый, непонятный, загадочный, непостижимыйRussian
  • outgrundligSwedish
  • gizemli, esrârengiz, anlaşılmaz, esrarlıTurkish
  • 不可思议的Chinese

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