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Definitions for unspeakable
ʌnˈspi kə bəlun·speak·able

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indefinable, indescribable, ineffable, unspeakable, untellable, unutterableadjective

    defying expression or description

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

  2. atrocious, abominable, awful, dreadful, painful, terrible, unspeakableadjective

    exceptionally bad or displeasing

    "atrocious taste"; "abominable workmanship"; "an awful voice"; "dreadful manners"; "a painful performance"; "terrible handwriting"; "an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"

  3. ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterableadjective

    too sacred to be uttered

    "the ineffable name of the Deity"


  1. unspeakableadjective

    Incapable of being spoken or uttered; unutterable; ineffable; inexpressible.

  2. unspeakableadjective

    Unfit or not permitted to be spoken or described.

  3. unspeakableadjective

    Extremely bad or objectionable.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unspeakableadjective

    not speakable; incapable of being uttered or adequately described; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable; as, unspeakable grief or rage


  1. Unspeakable

    Unspeakable is the 17th album by Bill Frisell to be released on the Elektra Nonesuch label. It was released in 2004 and features performances by Frisell, Hal Willner, Tony Scherr, Kenny Wollesen, Don Alias, Steven Bernstein, Briggan Krauss, Curtis Fowlkes, Adam Dorn, Jenny Scheinman, Eyvind Kang, and Hank Roberts. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album in 2005.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unspeakable

    un-spē′ka-bl, adj. incapable of being spoken, uttered, or described.—v.t. Unspeak′ (Shak.), to retract, as what has been spoken.—adv. Unspea′kably, in an unspeakable or inexpressible manner.—adj. Unspea′king, not being able to speak.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unspeakable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unspeakable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of unspeakable in a Sentence

  1. Frank Viggiano:

    At this point our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Frank Viggiano, this is an unspeakable tragedy.

  2. Donald Trump:

    These are very troubled times in the Middle East, and we see what happened just recently yesterday in Syria -- horrible. Horrible, horrible thing. Unspeakable.

  3. Ould Cheikh Ahmed:

    Yemen has suffered greatly, and its people have withstood an unspeakable tragedy, the country's infrastructure is destroyed; families dispersed, and its social fabric torn apart. This is a critical and most difficult phase. With every passing day, more and more Yemeni lives are lost.

  4. Plumas County Sheriff Greg Hagwood:

    This has shaken my staff to the core, that little girl had been subjected to the most unspeakable measure of torture for an extended period of time. This is child abuse, the likes of which we haven't experienced here (in Plumas County).

  5. Richard von Weizscker:

    There were many ways of not burdening one's conscience, of shunning responsibility, looking away, keeping mum. When the unspeakable truth of the Holocaust then became known at the end of the war, all too many of us claimed that they had not known anything about it or even suspected anything.

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  • nevýslovnýCzech
  • unsäglichGerman
  • nediskuteblaEsperanto
  • sopimaton, sanomaton, saastainen, käsittämätön, sanoinkuvaamatonFinnish
  • indicibleFrench
  • indicibileItalian
  • 言い知れぬ, 口では言えないJapanese
  • niewysłowionyPolish
  • несказанный, неописуемый, непередаваемыйRussian
  • చెప్పరానిTelugu

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. witless
    • B. occasional
    • C. alternate
    • D. reassuring

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