Ineffable Definition

Too overwhelming to be expressed or described in words; inexpressible.
Ineffable beauty.
Webster's New World
Too awesome or sacred to be spoken.
God's ineffable name.
Webster's New World
Not to be uttered; taboo.
The ineffable name of God.
American Heritage

Origin of Ineffable

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin ineffābilis in- not in–1 effābilis utterable (from effārī to utter) (ex- ex-) (fārī to speak bhā-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1450. From Middle French ineffable, from Latin ineffābilis, from in- (“not”) + effor (“utter”).

    From Wiktionary

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