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Definition impossible to understand — often when finding a person's facial expression or comments mysterious
  • The computer gave some inscrutable error message I can't remember.
inscrutable = impossible to understand
  • She was inscrutable.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Secure, however, in the inscrutability of my place of concealment, I felt no embarrassment whatever.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • inscrutability = obscureness (the quality of being hard to find or understand)
  • The black man's face was empty, inscrutable.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • inscrutable = impossible to read or understand
  • Whenever the TV screen flickers, the light striking her profile wavers, and shadows dance like inscrutable signals.
    Haruki Murakami  --  After Dark
  • inscrutable = impossible to understand
  • The Buddha's eyes quietly looked to the ground; quietly, in perfect equanimity his inscrutable face was smiling.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • inscrutable = impossible to understand
  • "Ready," Archie said, keeping his face expressionless, inscrutable as usual, even though he felt a bead of perspiration trace a cold path from his armpit to his rib.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • inscrutable = impossible to read or understand
  • At first he considered saving money by sleeping outside on a bench but he was without guides and the inscrutability of the nearby signs unnerved him.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • inscrutability = state of not being understandable
  • Newman felt that taking her measure was not easy; she was a formidable, inscrutable little woman.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • Milvain supplied with facts about the private history of Ralph Denham since, for some inscrutable reason, the subject took her fancy.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • God alone knows whether I shall be happy, but my fate is in His holy, His inscrutable hand, and I have so decided.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible,
    As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple.
    Shakespeare, William  --  Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • Inscrutable Nature had demanded of the accomplice a greater penalty than his principal had paid.
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice  --  The Son Of Tarzan
  • He seemed to be pondering over his words, his expression was inscrutable.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Kingdom of the Blind
  • I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!
    Louise Bogan
  • He used to keep the ship loafing at sea for inscrutable reasons.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Shadow Line
  • But the body is deeper than the soul and its secrets inscrutable.
    E. M. Forster
  • O jest unseen, inscrutable, invisible,
    As a nose on a man's face, or a weathercock on a steeple.
    William Shakespeare
  • This inscrutable man never felt more alone than when surrounded by his dogs.
    Barrie, James Matthew  --  The Adventures of Peter Pan
  • Dark and, so to speak, inscrutable spaces being met with in life there must be such places in any statement dealing with life.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance

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