Ineffable meaning

ĭn-ĕfə-bəl
Too overwhelming to be expressed or described in words; inexpressible.

Ineffable beauty.

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Not to be uttered; taboo.

The ineffable name of God.

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Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.

Ineffable joy.

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The definition of ineffable is something that is not able to be expressed.

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.

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Too awesome or sacred to be spoken.

God's ineffable name.

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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