inarticulate

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inarticulate

adjective abstruse, abysmal, close, deficient, deprived of speech, fumbling, garbled, guarded, inadequate, inaudible, incommunicative, inconversable, indiscernible, indistinct, ineffective, inelegant, inferior, laconic, muffled, mute, nebulous, not able to vocalize a position, not fluent, not glib, not polished, not smooth, opaque, parum distinctus, poor, reserved, reticent, silent, sparing of words, taciturn, tongue-tied, unclear, unintelligible, unplain, unrefined, untrained, vague, withdrawn
See also: mute, speechless, taciturn
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The book's final two chapters deal less directly with Renaissance conceptions of inarticulateness, focusing instead on the related topics of print culture and the relationship between theater and sensory perception.
Part of the problem is Woodward's own inarticulateness, which really does seem unnatural in a man who has covered so many acres of newsprint in his life.
But there is no-one within the story who is capable of recognizing this, except potentially Benito Cereno himself, whom it reduces to inarticulateness.
is reinterpreted as a bereaved father's cry of pain, eloquent in its inarticulateness.
According to Posner, both kinds of moral theory founder on the properties of moral intuitions--their privacy, (59) particularity, (60) inarticulateness (61)--above all, their "recalcitrance [and] imperviousness to argument.
Thorpe hardly held the patent on inarticulateness, however, for the hapless Edward Ferrars of Sense and Sensibility was every bit as ungainly in proposing to Elinor Dashwood as Thorpe had been in proposing to Catherine.
Thus, for example, if a state's witness is perceived as weak due to such considerations as inarticulateness, contradictory statements to authorities, poor perception or memory, prior criminal record, or incentive to fabricate (such as with co-perpetrators or witnesses facing criminal charges), this enhances the likelihood of a noncapital adjudication.
But Grant's inarticulateness and his connection with loss of speech throw his body and his control (or lack of control) over it to the fore.
Like the completely innocent, 'natural' being of Billy Budd in Melville's eponymous tale, also discussed by Arendt, the 'selfless' being of pure sentiment or idealism is reduced to the inarticulateness of gesture, be it the loving kiss of Jesus or the ironically murderous violence of Billy Budd.
wild and naked intensity that often splutters into inarticulateness,
Whereas the first effect reflects the spiritual gains associated with poetry, gains that parallel Simon's path from inarticulateness, the second effect reflects the materialistic gains associated with poetry's popularization.
While the film captured the chattering inarticulateness of teenagers well, at times the production smacked of a youth theatre workshop.