- An example of ineffable is overwhelming sadness that one does not know how to show.
- An example of ineffable is the name of a deity that cannot be said out of respect.
The definition of ineffable is something that is not able to be expressed.
- too overwhelming to be expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable beauty
- too awesome or sacred to be spoken: God's ineffable name
Origin of ineffableMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin ineffabilis from in-, not + effabilis, utterable from effari, to speak out from ex-, out + fari, to speak: see fame
- Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable: ineffable joy.
- Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.
Origin of ineffableMiddle English from Old French from Latin ineffābilis in- not ; see in- 1. effābilis utterable ( from effārī to utter ) ( ex- ex- ) ( fārī to speak ; see bhā-2 in Indo-European roots.)
- in·ef′fa·bil′i·ty in·ef′fa·ble·ness
First attested in 1450. From Middle French ineffable, from Latin ineffābilis, from in- (“not”) + effor (“utter”).