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Definition something that cannot be put into words
  • Such a spiritual experience has ineffable qualities that cannot be entirely shared.
ineffable = indescribable (impossible to put into words)
  • Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings always fills me with an ineffable sadness.
  • ineffable = extreme and indescribable
  • The effect of music is ineffable because we can't understand how it resonates within us.
  • ineffable = not describable
  • It is part of the ineffable mystery of consciousness.
  • ineffable = impossible to put into words
  • There was an air of such ineffable peace and joy all around her that her heart's wild thumping slowed.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • ineffable = something that cannot be put into words
  • At the bottom of the steps she stands waiting, with a smile of ineffable joy, an attitude of matchless grace and dignity.
    Ambrose Bierce  --  An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
  • There was an ineffable quality about Mrs. Serto's daughter now.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • On her face there was a look of ineffable content.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Bill is puffing and blowing, but there is a look of ineffable peace and growing content on his rose-pink features.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • How she longed for the ineffable sentiments of love that she had tried to figure to herself out of books!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • He felt an ineffable love for her.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • He smiled with an ineffably benign superiority.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Miss Squeers made no more direct reply than surveying her former friend from top to toe, and elevating her nose in the air with ineffable disdain.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I yearn for it; and when I drink it I savour every drop, and afterwards I feel my soul swimming in ineffable happiness.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • The warm, faintly soap-scented humidity of her body, ineffably sweet "I'm so relieved to see you again.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • 'Your prerogative!' sneered Mrs. Bumble, with ineffable contempt.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Her eyes were open and she was staring at me with a look ineffably grieving.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Incandescent rainbows shone above it, blue, red, and golden lights played about it; but the stream itself was white, ineffable.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • So, then, he felt himself ineffably superior to me in every respect!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Unlike Marxism, it is ineffable, and it cannot be explained in words.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War

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