Origin of inscrutableMiddle English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin inscrutabilis from Classical Latin in-, not + scrutari, to search carefully, examine: see scrutiny
The definition of inscrutable is someone or something that is hard to figure out, understand or interpret.
An example of an inscrutable problem is one for which no solution can be quickly found.
that cannot be easily understood; completely obscure or mysterious; unfathomable; enigmatic
Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable: “that little creature, whose innocent life had sprung, by the inscrutable decree of Providence … out of the rank luxuriance of a guilty passion” ( Nathaniel Hawthorne )
Origin of inscrutableMiddle English from Old French from Late Latin īnscrūtābilis in- not ; see in- 1. scrūtārī to scrutinize ; see scrutiny .
(comparative more inscrutable, superlative most inscrutable)
- One who or that which is inscrutable; a person, etc. that cannot be comprehended.
- It is of the essence of a sacrament to be an inscrutable process.
- Notwithstanding the allurements of the subject, such conservative historians as Grote were disposed to regard the problems of early Grecian history as inscrutable, and to content themselves with the recital of traditions without attempting to establish their relationship with actual facts.
- This work is divided into two parts; the first intended to show that while ultimate metaphysical questions are insoluble they compel to a recognition of an inscrutable Power behind phenomena which is called the Unknowable; the second devoted to the formulation and illustration of the Law of Evolution.
- Out of this contrast there ultimately grew an essentially different opposition between faith and knowledge or reason, according to which the theological basis of ethics was contrasted with the philosophical; the theologians maintaining sometimes that the divine law is essentially arbitrary, the expression of will, not reason; more frequently that its reasonableness is inscrutable, and that actual human reason should confine itself to examining the credentials of God's messengers, and not the message itself.
- His utter failure was due, partly to the vices of an undisciplined temperament, and partly to the extraordinary difficulties of the most inscrutable period of European history, when the shrewdest heads were at fault and irreparable blunders belonged to the order of the day.