[ US /ˌɪˈnɛfəbəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ɪnˈɛfəbə‍l/ ]
  1. defying expression or description
    indescribable beauty
    ineffable ecstasy
    a thing of untellable splendor
    inexpressible anguish
    indefinable yearnings
    unutterable contempt
    unspeakable happiness
  2. too sacred to be uttered
    the ineffable name of the Deity
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How To Use ineffable In A Sentence

  • Given the combination of ineffable beauty and extremely unpleasant sensations in my stomach and head, I would be quite content to die here.
  • The ineffable in poetry is almost always the unreadable. Times, Sunday Times
  • J'y constatais d'abord, qu'une inquiètude nous attendait à tout spectacle auquel nous assistions et qu'une déception à peu près ineffable accompagnait toujours la chute du rideau. Pélléas and Mélisande
  • Everywhere a sullen look, -- everywhere that ineffable aspect of crestfallenness! What Will He Do with It? — Complete
  • This isn't what ‘ineffable’ means: she's using it as a fancy periphrasis for ‘unspeakable’, but its orientation is exactly the opposite.
  • She sighed a sigh of ineffable satisfaction, as if her cup of happiness were now full.
  • If truth is ineffable, beyond words, we can't determine whether it can be intuited.
  • Weep then, my word ineffable!" cried Malcolm, and laid himself again at her feet, kissed them, and was silent. The Marquis of Lossie
  • Reuchlin claimed that Cabalistic manipulation of the Hebrew letters of the ineffable name of God, IHVH, produced a five-letter name, IHSVH, or Jesus, which was the true name of God and conferred on its user powers that were divine in origin, far above the power of nature. Loss of Faith
  • Even on a cloudy day the light beaming through the top of the dome seems to represent the ineffable visitation of divine beauty.
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