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impervious

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Definition not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
  • She has made up her mind and is impervious to criticism.
impervious = unaffected
  • a material impervious to water
  • To make matters worse, she was quite impervious to mercenary considerations, and could not be bribed in any way.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  The Idiot
  • someone impervious to argument
  • But Fyne was as impervious to sarcasm as a turtle.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • Jurgis was destined to find that Elzbieta's armor was absolutely impervious to Socialism.
    Sinclair, Upton  --  The Jungle
  • Lady Lundie (born impervious to all sense of irony) smiled graciously.
    Collins, Wilkie  --  Man And Wife
  • Jurgis was destined to find that Elzbieta's armor was absolutely impervious to Socialism.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • impervious = not capable of being affected by
  • impervious teeth, perfect vision, disease resistance.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • impervious = not capable of being affected
  • Uncle Al gazes on, completely impervious.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • impervious = not capable of being affected
  • We're a double helix, tight and impervious.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • impervious = not capable of being affected; or not admitting passage through
  • I told him my stomach was impervious to cayenne pepper and most forms of grease,
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • impervious = not capable of being hurt by
  • He takes up the saw again; again it moves up and down, in and out of that unhurried imperviousness as a piston moves in the oil;
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • imperviousness = unaffected
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The pain of losing her, practically as a newlywed, had made him impervious to love all these years.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • impervious = incapable of being affected
  • She babbled on, impervious.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • impervious = not capable of being affected
  • His wife became more and more querulous and ill-tempered, but the attitude Ivan Ilych had adopted towards his home life rendered him almost impervious to her grumbling.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • impervious = not capable of being affected by
  • and then she sat down on the bed . . . not where she usually sat, however; she sat on its foot and for a moment he saw only her solid, impervious back as she bent over, as if to check on something.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • impervious = not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected
  • We led the busy eventless lives of three nuns in a barren and poverty-stricken convent: the walls we had were safe, impervious enough, even if it did not matter to the walls whether we ate or not.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • impervious = not permitting passage through (to those not allowed in)
  • When a patient didn't get better on standard therapy, a doctor should suspect that the tb was impervious to some drugs in the regimen and should find out which drugs as quickly as possible and substitute others.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • impervious = immune (not capable of being affected by)
  • Before them a great boar lay hid in undergrowth, in a green thicket proof against the wind or sun's blaze, fine soever the needling sunlight, impervious too to any rain, so dense that cover was, heaped up with fallen leaves.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
impervious = not admitting passage through; or not capable of being affected

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