ineffable


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ineffable

adjective amazing, astounding, awesome, beyond expression, beyond words, fearful, great, impossible to describe, impossible to express, inconceivable, incredible, incredibilis, indescribable, inexpressible, infandus, marvelous, miraculous, mysterious, nameless, not explainable, not exxressible, not to be spoken, overwhelming, sacred, staggering, strange, terrific, unable to be expressed, unable to be spoken, undefinable, unheard, unimaginable, unmentionable, unnamable, unpronounceable, untranslatable, unutterable
Associated concepts: ineffable accident
See also: mysterious, sacrosanct, undefinable
References in classic literature ?
But what was wondrous was that the applause, for the felt fact, was so eager, since, if it was his other self he was running to earth, this ineffable identity was thus in the last resort not unworthy of him.
At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity.
Father Brown shook his head with ineffable mildness.
Her lips trembled into a smile, but the eyes remained distant and serious, as if bent on some ineffable vision.
says the constable, eyeing him aside with ineffable disdain.
Such tranquil stupidity, such supernatural gravity, such self- righteousness, and such ineffable self-complacency as were in the countenance and attitude of that gray-bodied, dark-winged, bald-headed, and preposterously uncomely bird
The baffled intellect must still kneel before this cause, which refuses to be named,-- ineffable cause, which every fine genius has essayed to represent by some emphatic symbol, as, Thales by water, Anaximenes by air, Anaxagoras by (Nous) thought, Zoroaster by fire, Jesus and the moderns by love; and the metaphor of each has become a national religion.
Turning his head slowly and with a gesture of ineffable contempt, Good swept his hand across his mouth.
The mystic sees the ineffable, and the psycho-pathologist the unspeakable.
Her pure, red lips half smiled; her serene and candid brow became troubled, at intervals, under her thoughts, like a mirror under the breath; and from beneath her long, drooping, black eyelashes, there escaped a sort of ineffable light, which gave to her profile that ideal serenity which Raphael found at the mystic point of intersection of virginity, maternity, and divinity.
I yearn for it; and when I drink it I savour every drop, and afterwards I feel my soul swimming in ineffable happiness.
he went on suddenly, gazing at Gania with ineffable malice.