Origin of irresistibleLate Latin irresistibilis
Some might find these chocolates irresistible.
A delicious piece of chocolate cake is an example of something that would be described as irresistible by a person who loves chocolate cake.
- Impossible to resist: an irresistible impulse to sneeze.
- Having an overpowering appeal: irresistible beauty.
- Usage Problem Inevitable or inexorable.
- ir′re·sis′ti·bil′i·ty ir′re·sis′ti·ble·ness
Usage Note: The word irresistible is sometimes used to mean “bound to happen, unstoppable, inevitable.” A majority of the Usage Panel objects to this usage. In our 2006 survey, some 65 percent rejected the sentence The rise of liberal blogs was irresistible, given the broader climate of political debate.
(comparative more irresistible, superlative most irresistible)
- Not able to be resisted.
ir- + resistible
- Did he have any idea how irresistible he was?
- I don't think she has a clue how irresistible men find her.
- He couldn't win the argument any other way, so he had resorted to his irresistible charm.
- But an irresistible impulse drew her forward.
- The remainder of the Visigoths, under Alavivus and Fritigern, now began to seek, and ultimately were successful in obtaining (376), the permission of the emperor Valens to settle in Thrace; Athanaric meanwhile took refuge in Transylvania, thus abandoning the field without any serious struggle to the irresistible Huns.