inimitable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inimitable defying imitation; matchless "an inimitable style"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Inimitable Not capable of being imitated, copied, or counterfeited; beyond imitation; surpassingly excellent; matchless; unrivaled; exceptional; unique; as, an inimitable style; inimitable eloquence. "Inimitable force.""Performing such inimitable feats."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inimitable Not imitable; incapable of being imitated or copied; surpassing imitation.
    • inimitable Synonyms Matchless, peerless.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inimitable in-im′it-a-bl that cannot be imitated: surpassingly excellent
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Quotations

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “How inimitably graceful children are in general before they learn to dance!”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inimitabilis,: cf. F. inimitable,. See In- not, and Imitable

Usage

In literature:

The whole drive of three hours back to Montepulciano was one long banquet of inimitable distant views.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III." by John Symonds
Here, she was quite inimitable.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
That Huneker in false whiskers is inimitable, incomparable, almost indescribable.
"A Book of Prefaces" by H. L. Mencken
In truth, Pope can be inimitably pungent, but he can never be simply playful.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
There are inimitable passages, and the number is large, which one cannot forget.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
To him we are indebted alike for the rock temples of Nubia, and the inimitable obelisks of Luxor.
"Sketches The Carrier Pigeon, The Consul's Daughter, Walstein--Or A Cure For Melancholy, The Court Of Egypt, The Valley Of Thebes, Egyptian Thebes, Shoubra Eden And Lebanon, A Syrian Sketch, The Bosphorus, An Interview With A Great Turk, Munich, The Spirit Of Whiggism" by Benjamin Disraeli
In fantastic burlesque, in the comic-terrible, he was unrivalled and inimitable.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various
Again, landscape often tells a story, and tells it inimitably.
"The Old Masters and Their Pictures" by Sarah Tytler
Dame Nature lends enchantment to the view by the freshness and beauty of her inimitable landscape.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
They will make charming spurs, excellent knee buckles, and inimitable watch-keys.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
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In poetry:

Proclaim inimitable love:
Jesus, the Lord of worlds above,
Puts off the beams of bright array,
And veils the God in mortal clay!
"Hymn 37 part 1" by Isaac Watts
'Tis God's inimitable hand
That molds and forms the heart anew;
Blasphemers can no more withstand,
But bow, and own thy doctrine true.
"Hymn 4 part 2" by Isaac Watts
We pardon faults in youth's gay flow,
While beauty prompts the cheek to glow,
While every glance has power to warm,
And every turn displays a charm,
Nor view a spot in that fair face,
Which smiles inimitable grace.
"To Ladies Of A Certain Age" by John Trumbull

In news:

Jerome and Radio M host Tony Sarabia remember the inimitable Brazilian singer Elis Regina.
The inimitable Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Santa Barbara on Thursday, April 26.
They've flown over in their inimitable ways, leaving memories and stories about what they were like this year.
Tony Lepore, the Dancing Cop , directs traffic in downtown Providence in his own inimitable way.
Tony Lepore, the Dancing Cop, directs traffic in downtown Providence in his own inimitable way.
The Goo Goo Dolls had a unique name before carving out an inimitable niche in rock 'n roll.
Here are 10 memorable from the inimitable Gore Vidal.
New York's Central Park provides an inimitable setting, as does a candlelit corner table at one of the city's acclaimed restaurants.
One more time for the inimitable Mr Earl.
With a charismatic frontman like Jim Heath, whose inimitable voice sounds as if it has been soaking in a vat of whiskey, it's not hard to believe the Rev has been going strong for more than two decades.
She'd say in her inimitable Neapolitan: Ray sent' ah mme.
However, Mystery Science Theater's creators are screening the original film with their own inimitable commentary.
The fall-off-the-bone rib combo stacks up baby back, beef, and pork ribs to blend the casual with inimitable cocktails like the Smoke & Oak—a cocktail aged in oak barrels and served over a smoked chunk of ice.
In the Angelina Arts Alliance's final Family Matinee of the season, story teller David Gonzales will perform the classic Russian folk tale The Frog Bride in his own inimitable style.
With its inimitable French flair, the Céline tote is a great bag for travel.
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In science:

Acknowlegement: This article is dedicated to the untraditional revolutionist Prof. Jerome Sacks and the inimitable Prof. Donald Knuth. I thank Prof. William Notz and an anonymous referee for several suggestions. I thank all the authors wholeheartedly whose works I have freely consulted.
On Why and What of Randomness
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