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Ineffable vs. Unspeakable

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Ineffableadjective

Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.

Unspeakableadjective

Incapable of being spoken or uttered

Ineffableadjective

Forbidden to be uttered; taboo.

Unspeakableadjective

Unfit or not permitted to be spoken or described.

Ineffableadjective

Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable; as, the ineffable joys of heaven.

‘Contentment with our lot . . . will diffuse ineffable contentment over the soul.’;

Unspeakableadjective

Extremely bad or objectionable.

‘an unspeakable fool’; ‘an unspeakable play’;

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Ineffableadjective

defying expression or description;

‘indefinable yearnings’; ‘indescribable beauty’; ‘ineffable ecstasy’; ‘inexpressible anguish’; ‘unspeakable happiness’; ‘unutterable contempt’; ‘a thing of untellable splendor’;

Unspeakableadjective

Not speakable; incapable of being uttered or adequately described; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable; as, unspeakable grief or rage.

‘Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.’;

Ineffableadjective

too sacred to be uttered;

‘the ineffable name of the Deity’;

Unspeakableadjective

defying expression or description;

‘indefinable yearnings’; ‘indescribable beauty’; ‘ineffable ecstasy’; ‘inexpressible anguish’; ‘unspeakable happiness’; ‘unutterable contempt’; ‘a thing of untellable splendor’;

Unspeakableadjective

exceptionally bad or displeasing;

‘atrocious taste’; ‘abominable workmanship’; ‘an awful voice’; ‘dreadful manners’; ‘a painful performance’; ‘terrible handwriting’; ‘an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room’;

Unspeakableadjective

too sacred to be uttered;

‘the ineffable name of the Deity’;

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Unspeakableadjective

not able to be expressed in words

‘I felt an unspeakable tenderness towards her’;

Unspeakableadjective

too bad or horrific to express in words

‘a piece of unspeakable abuse’;

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