used in Frankenstein
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unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)
or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed
The exact meaning of inarticulate
depends upon its context. For example:
- unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
- verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
- unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
- unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
- a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
- inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
- His jaws opened, and he muttered some inarticulate sounds, while a grin wrinkled his cheeks.
Chapter 5 (22% in)
- Sometimes I wished to express my sensations in my own mode, but the uncouth and inarticulate sounds which broke from me frightened me into silence again.
Chapter 11 (21% in)
There are no more uses of "inarticulate" in Frankenstein.