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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
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In the meantime, the performative impulse of nation building increasingly shows its complacency with playfulness and the ironic inclusion of narratives that interrogate its own existence, in this way incorporating a very postmodern trend of deconstructive erasure and eventual ineffability.
The divine light is the condition of our knowing, but there is a gap between the operation of knowledge and its term, God, both because of human sin and because of divine ineffability.
After all of this it is only possible to admit, to face and to confess the oscillation, the undulating movement between the (literal) ineffability of music (and the recognition of this ineffability), the perpetuation of the question (or, better, of the being questioned by this ineffability), and the always renewed (and always capitulating) attempt to answer this being questioned.
In Dante, the ineffability and superhuman qualities of Beatrice are stressed.
51) Therefore, while there is no need to establish the fact of the One's infinity, I will briefly discuss the nature of the One's perfection in order to combat the old charge that the One's ineffability and description as "beyond being" somehow implies that it is indeterminate or unreal and thus incapable of causing being.
These individuals report an alteration of their emotions, sense of significance, and a general sense of rejuvenation and ineffability.
Eliot, like other Modernist poets, does not recognize the work of certain World War I writers as poetry, The Waste Land suffers from the same affliction as the war poets: neither Eliot nor the war poets could voice their reaction to the Great War; more specifically, The Waste Land and trench poetry struggle with the ineffability of the age through fragmentary language and images of broken mouths.
The MEQ assesses experiences of internal unity, external unity, transcendence of time and space, ineffability, paradoxicality, sacredness, noetic quality, and positive mood.
Its lighthearted title notwithstanding, Roadside Picnic (Piknik na obochine, 1972) is a serious inquiry into the consequences for humans of prolonged proximity to the Unknown, with all its marvels, dangers, and ineffability.
Of Allan's very stimulating positions, that of Tolkien's "pseudotranslation structure" (the claim that The Lord of the Ring was translated from the languages of Westron) is most disputable, primarily because there is no attention given to the ineffability of Tolkien's imputed source--that of a Secondary World to which no comprehensible language can truly be indigenous.
As a philosophy, it emphasized the ineffability of universal truth.
These syncretisms will be unsatisfactory to orthodox defenders of the once-unrelated systems, while pluralists, who see the diversity of religious forms as an inevitable consequence of the ultimate ineffability of whatever is finally real, will see these innovative fusions as a natural consequence of that ineffability.