irresistible

Definitions

  • THE IRRESISTIBLE MEETS THE IMMOVABLE
    THE IRRESISTIBLE MEETS THE IMMOVABLE
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj irresistible overpoweringly attractive "irresistible beauty"
    • adj irresistible impossible to resist; overpowering "irresistible (or resistless) impulses","what happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Irresistible That can not be successfully resisted or opposed; superior to opposition; resistless; overpowering; as, an irresistible attraction. "An irresistible law of our nature impels us to seek happiness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • irresistible Not resistible; incapable of being successfully resisted or opposed; superior to resistance or repulsion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Irresistible not to be opposed with success
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Quotations

  • William Mcgovern
    William Mcgovern
    “The fact that it had never been done before made it even more irresistible.”
  • Anne Sophie Swetchine
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    “There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance; the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    Blaise%20Pascal
    “The gospel to me is simply irresistible.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
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    “The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”
  • Louis Ginsberg
    Louis Ginsberg
    “Love is the irresistible desire to be desired irresistibly.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. ir-, not + resistible,: cf. F. irrésistible,

Usage

In literature:

Lenore felt herself drawn by an irresistible power.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
He ruled the nation in a great crisis, and his influence was irresistible, because favored alike by God and man.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
With this powerful army his march was irresistible.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
It spoke to him in a language which was at once intelligible and irresistible.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
The further I advanced, the more the sensation was irresistible.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
The Roundheads fought stoutly; but the charge of the Cavaliers was irresistible.
"Friends, though divided" by G. A. Henty
Such a display of force was felt to be irresistible.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
This one would surely be tempting him with her eyes and her irresistible little smile.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
An irresistible desire to see Granny at once had seized him.
"The Soul of a Child" by Edwin Bjorkman
The idea of "Punchinello" presented itself irresistibly at the sight of his parrot-like nose and suddenly-upturned chin.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
He was irresistible to them.
"Quiet Talks on Service" by S. D. Gordon
Irresistible summons of duty!
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
It was the Gorgon of the northland, alluring, destructive, irresistible.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
She was looking the soul of careless good-nature, and quite irresistible, though very Roman.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
Irresistible emotion impelled him; softly he took her gentle hand, and, bending his head, he murmured to her, 'Most beautiful, I love thee!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
They are national peculiarities, and they exercise an irresistible sway over all who belong to the same nation.
"Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I" by Friedrich Max Müller
Its lure was irresistible.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
As old Milsom began to talk to him in his weak tremulous voice, the visitor's attention was irresistibly held by the details about him.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Alec's appeal to his self importance was irresistible.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
Irresistibly, Clavering followed her.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
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In poetry:

Irresistibly I follow,
As wherever we may run
Runs our shadow, as the swallow
Seeks the sun.
"Love-Trilogy" by Mathilde Blind
I took the trail to the wooded canyon,
The trail from the sea:
For I heard a calling in me,
A landward calling irresistible in me:--
"The Trail From The Sea" by Cale Young Rice
But now the blossom-time is starting,
The walled-in linden trees reveal
And spread about within their shadow
Their irresistible appeal.
"The Linden Avenue" by Boris Pasternak
Charm irresistible: the lovely something
We follow in our dreams, but may not reach.
The unattainable Divine Enchantment,
Hinted in music, never heard in speech.
"Fancy" by Laurence Hope
Ever his eyes are fixed on a glorious sight.
A boy is leading, calls his men to come on:
Light as a deer he leaps, slender and bright,
Up the hill, irresistible: it is won!
"The Father" by Katharine Tynan
Need, not precisely;
But female curiosity inspires
Me with that counsel. There are certain men
Of whom one is irresistibly impatient
To know what women they can be in love with.
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Thriller Rod Lott For the exploitation explorer on a budget, Mill Creek Entertainment's loosely themed sets culled from the Crown International library are irresistible.
Tasty and irresistible, shortcakes are the perfect summer dessert -- uncomplicated, light and luscious.
John Slattery—Emmy-nominated for playing Mad Men's other irresistible cad, Roger Sterling—talks to The Observer about good writing (Katherine Heigl, please take notes.
(Gerard Butler is a charming, unpretentious guy who is irresistibly huggable.
Justin Schaffer of Irresistable Confections, best dessert.
Twinkies, Ho Hos and Ding Dongs irresistable brands for outsiders.
Maybe it's the organic, farm-fresh ingredients, maybe it's chef Kay Noor's mastery with herbs and spices, but Grand Tavern's wide array of vegetable dishes are unique, delicious, and irresistible.
If Barack Obama is defeated, the irresistible comparison will be with Jimmy Carter.
Lincoln is a character irresistible to novelists and filmmakers.
Have an irresistible picture of your child with their pet.
Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.
Mix 107.3's Chilli Amar stopped by to talk about traits that make men irresistable to women.
From salsa to strawberry shortcake, find 20 ways to enjoy this irresistible fruit this season.
Layers of summer strawberries , fresh whipped cream, and chocolate wafers make an irresistible treat in warm weather.
The dance-off between Strictly Come Dancing's champions proved irresistible viewing for much of the nation's television audience last night.
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In science:

Associating a physical interpretation with the cutoff is an almost irresistable impulse when dealing with effective lagrangians.
Uses and Abuses of Effective Lagrangians
Once the idea is lodged in a reviewer’s mind, it becomes an irresistable indexing term, with 28 entries this year and another dozen papers under closely-related concepts like “passive evolution”, − which means that a galaxy mostly just fades away after its last, big, startriggering merger − and merger histories.
Astrophysics in 2006
Moll, Irresistible Integrals: Symbolics, Analysis, and Experiments in the Evaluation of Integrals, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004. 2. A. J.
A Faster Product for Pi and a New Integral for ln(Pi/2)
Why should we be concerned with soft photoproduction? The most obvious answer is that it is there, at an overwhelmingly large cross section, and so it is an irresistible challenge to unravel what is going on.
Soft Photoproduction Physics
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