ineffable ineffable  /ɪ ˈnɛ fə bəl/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) defying expression or description
  2. (adj) too sacred to be uttered

Usage(s):

  1. The beauty of the place so struck me that I was at a loss for words. The feeling was absolutely ineffable.
  2. The birth of our daughter gave us ineffable joy.

News

  1. Heritage And Hospitality In India's Ancient 'Pink City'

    The name 'India' conjures up clear, contrasting images in the mind of any traveler, whether or not they've ever been there to see it: the Taj Mahal, slums, royal palaces or ineffable poverty. Given the realities of a country so massive and overpopulated, vast extremes are at every turn - but as I learned firsthand, being there is, in a word, purifying.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Forbes

  2. Kickstarting: An Elaborate Bank Heist In The Heart Of L.A.

    Ilona Gaynor is planning a slew of robberies and calling it art. There’s an ineffable beauty in a well-planned heist. At its best, it’s proof that shrewd problem-solving can prevail against seemingly insurmountable challenges--and in that way, they’re very much like any good design work. But while most of us leave such endeavors to the Thomas Crownes and Danny Oceans of the world (or their own ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Fast Company Magazine

  3. This is what happens when a plane is landing and the runway disappears

    Now you see it. Soon, you won't. (Credit: douglesso/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET) I would no sooner pilot a plane than marry a fish. So I am always reassured when the voice from the cockpit is one of ineffable calm. Sometimes, though, pilots must be suffering nervous conniptions when the weather turns on them and, say, the runway disappears as they are landing. This quite ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: CNET

Quotes

  1. Tate director Nicholas Serota called the painting "a truly extraordinary work of ineffable beauty."
    on Mar 1, 2007 By: Nicholas Serota Source: BusinessWeek

  2. "I love being a father. It's totally ineffable," Priestley said. "I love changing diapers. I love the whole thing - I'm all in."
    on Apr 13, 2009 By: Jason Priestley Source: American Superstar Magazine

  3. Just a few days from the feast of Christmas, the Pope explained, "we are invited to fix our eyes on the ineffable mystery that Mary kept for nine months in her virginal womb: the mystery of God who becomes man." "This is the first hinge of...
    on Dec 21, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: Catholic News Agency

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