inexorable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inexorable impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason; she would have none of him"- W.Churchill "he is adamant in his refusal to change his mind","Cynthia was inexorable","an intransigent conservative opposed to every liberal tendency"
    • adj inexorable not to be placated or appeased or moved by entreaty "grim determination","grim necessity","Russia's final hour, it seemed, approached with inexorable certainty","relentless persecution","the stern demands of parenthood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Inexorable Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; firm; determined; unyielding; unchangeable; inflexible; relentless; -- of people and impersonal forces; as, an inexorable prince or tyrant; an inexorable judge; the inexorable advance of a glacier. "Inexorable equality of laws.""Death's inexorable doom.""You are more inhuman, more inexorable ,
      O, ten times more than tigers of Hyrcania."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inexorable Not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty or prayer; unyielding; unrelenting: as, an inexorable creditor; inexorable law.
    • inexorable Synonyms Inexorable, Unrelenting, Relentless, Implacable; immovable. Inexorable, literally not to be moved or changed by prayer or petition, expresses an immovable firmness in refusing to do what one is entreated to do, whether that be good or bad; it is also used figuratively: as, inexorable death, time, fate. The other three words apply to feeling, which is generally bad, but unrelenting and relentless may by figure apply also to action: as, an unrelenting pursuit; a relentless massacre. Implacable applies wholly to feeling, meaning unappeasable, and in this use is the strongest of the three; it goes with such strong words as animosity and resentment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inexorable in-egz′or-a-bl not to be moved by entreaty: unrelenting: unalterable
    • Inexorable logic of facts, Mazzini's phrase for the inexorable force of circumstances, whose conclusions are beyond the reach of argument
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Quotations

  • Henry Ford
    Henry%20Ford
    “He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't. This is an inexorable, indisputable law.”
  • H.G. Wells
    H.G.%20Wells
    “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is Nature's inexorable imperative.”
  • Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    Letty Cottin Pogrebin
    “Lifestyles and sex roles are passed from parents to children as inexorably as blue eyes or small feet.”
  • W.P. Kinsella
    W.P. Kinsella
    “Syzygy, inexorable, pancreatic, phantasmagoria --- anyone who can use those four words in one sentence will never have to do manual labor.”
  • Simone Weil
    Simone%20Weil
    “Oppression that is clearly inexorable and invincible does not give rise to revolt but to submission.”
  • Susan Sontag
    Susan%20Sontag
    “Victims suggest innocence. And innocence, by the inexorable logic that governs all relational terms, suggests guilt.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inexorabilis,: cf. F. inexorable,. See In- not, and Exorable Adore
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—in, not, exorabilisexorāreex, out of, orāre, to entreat.

Usage

In literature:

Alexander, who knew his master to be inexorable upon these three points, was courteous but peremptory in his statements.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
But Vere was inexorable, after the duplicity which he affected to have discovered on the part of the enemy.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Be as inexorable as she is herself.
"The Thirteen" by Honore de Balzac
He must have been inexorable.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The same inexorable destiny awaits them all.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
But in spite of it the laws of character had still to work themselves inexorably out on either side.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
The polished duke was more inexorable than the stern hidalgo.
"Calderon The Courtier A Tale" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Kirkwood, dropping sixpence in the porter's palm, prepared to follow; but a hand fell upon his arm, peremptory, inexorable.
"The Black Bag" by Louis Joseph Vance
The inexorable gate of the convent school remained shut to all comers.
"The Velvet Glove" by Henry Seton Merriman
But his resolution was inexorable.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
The latter I knew to be a man austere and inexorable towards those whom he deemed vicious.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
This fair inexorable is actually gone to church with Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Bevis; but Will.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
All this as the etiquette of the bolero inexorably demanded.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
Old age was pressing inexorably upon him, palsying his hands on its rack, tripping his feet in its helpless mazes.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
But I will not have mercy upon her; I will be inexorable!
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
He viewed his shrunken body, knew that he stooped and shuffled, realized that he had paid the inevitable, the inexorable price for the secret.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
She was of fierce aspect, was inexorable, and would set no one at liberty who had once entered her domain.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
Oh, you inexorable men of science!
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
But in spite of it the laws of character had still to work themselves inexorably out on either side.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
This is the inexorable Death in Life, and in this Death we cannot dream of a fair consoling Hereafter.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
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In poetry:

Yet fear I not the foe;
But, ready for Death's blow,
Resignedly await
Inexorable fate.
"Of Death And Life" by Alfred Gibbs Campbell
Thine for a space are they--
Yet shalt thou yield thy treasures up at last;
Thy gates shall yet give way,
Thy bolts shall fall, inexorable Past!
"The Past" by William Cullen Bryant
The Mountains
What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far,
Find you a bourne to ease your burdened breast,
But throughout time inexorable are
Never at rest?
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
But he that with a slackened will
Dreams of things past or things to be,
From him the charm is slipping still,
And drops, ere he suspect the ill,
Into the inexorable sea.
"Birthday Verses" by James Russell Lowell
Who hath beheld the goddess face to face,
Blind with her beauty, all his days shall go
Climbing lone mountains towards her temple's place,
Weighed with song's sweet, inexorable woe.
"Poetry" by Madison Julius Cawein
"Here is neither haste, nor hate, nor anger," peal the Trumpets,
"Pardon for his penitence or pity for his fall.
"It is the King!"—inexorable Trumpets—
(Trumpets round the scaffold af the dawning by Whitehall!)
"The Old Issue" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

When Eliot Spitzer was governor he talked about the "perfect storm of unaffordability" that was inexorably chugging its way toward the state and local governments.
In his last several years on the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall could only watch as the ideological ground shifted inexorably away, leaving him isolated on most of the issues that imbue people with passion.
HBO drama 'Sunset Limited' stays inexorably on track.
I am inexorably drawn to stories about people who make smart decisions, especially athletes who view sports as a path to a better life.
In these the last slow, languishing, inexorably hot days of summer, it's easy to become lazy and disillusioned.
Old houses in New England need tender, loving care to survive the inexorable ravages of time and the occasional ice storm.
As the season marches inexorably forwards, look backward and see if, in the unfolding fullness of time, the beginning contains the key to the end.
When Eliot Spitzer was governor he talked about the "perfect storm of unaffordability" that was inexorably chugging its way toward the state and local government.
From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law—not just for some, but for all.
The lure of big, bold craft beers is inexorably moving eastward, as two Erie couples set their sights on opening a brewery in the historic core of the town at the eastern edge of Boulder County.
The November elections had many lessons, not the least of which is the inexorable march toward its unplanned obsolescence by the Republican Party.
The US government debt is rising inexorably, according to the conventional wisdom in Washington, and the political system is too paralyzed to take unpopular actions to rein it in.
The heat is startling, inexorable and impossible to escape, and it all starts with Roberts.
But I sense the default mode of viewing will inexorably shift'.
Part adventure, part drama, Pat 's history is one of both immense suffering and inexorable hope, and he is intent on using his experiences to help protect the cultural heritage of Cambodian martial arts for future generations.
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In science:

In fact, different experimentally checked devices which are inexorably interpreted in terms of quantum-mechanically governed phenomena, have shown the existence and properties of negative temperatures.
Lorentzian wormholes generalizes thermodynamics still further
That is the case of the inspiralling compact binary, the final stage of evolution of systems like the binary pulsar, in which the loss of energy to gravitational waves has brought the binary to an inexorable spiral toward a final merger.
Was Einstein Right? Testing Relativity at the Centenary
There are strong scientific reasons to believe that they really exist, because Maxwell's equations, when coupled to inverted atomic media, lead inexorably to tachyon-like solutions.
On a heuristic point regarding the origin of tachyons and a revamped definition for them
In the very long term, of course, annual cycles (aka weather), longer ones from the Earth’s orbit (Milankovitch), and effects of living creatures will all give way to the inexorable brightening of the sun (Huybers and Curry 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
This inexorable growth and the increasing costs to libraries for acquisition and shelving were driving forces behind the eventual conversion to online publication and subscriptions.
Editorial: Physical Review C in its Fortieth Year
The name Ernest Henley to me is inexorably linked with the idea of symmetry tests.
Symmetry Tests and Standard Model Backgrounds
Although in these notes we will not enter these interesting thermal aspects, it should be emphasized that thermality (similar to the concept of virtual particle clouds) is an inexorable aspect of localization in LQP and does not need the Hawking type of Killing vector horizons.
Basic Quantum Theory and Measurement from the Viewpoint of Local Quantum Physics
The implications for the extragalactic distance scale are inexorably linked and noted in Section 3.
The Distance to the Large Magellanic Cloud
The resulting local net structure on the lightfront is very interesting, because the inexorable vacuum fluctuations of QFT have all been compressed into the longitudinal lightray direction whereas there are none in the transverse direction.
The power of AQFT: the area law for entropy of localized quantum matter
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