unspeakable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unspeakable defying expression or description "indefinable yearnings","indescribable beauty","ineffable ecstasy","inexpressible anguish","unspeakable happiness","unutterable contempt","a thing of untellable splendor"
    • adj unspeakable exceptionally bad or displeasing "atrocious taste","abominable workmanship","an awful voice","dreadful manners","a painful performance","terrible handwriting","an unspeakable odor came sweeping into the room"
    • adj unspeakable too sacred to be uttered "the ineffable name of the Deity"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Unspeakable Not speakable; incapable of being uttered or adequately described; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable; as, unspeakable grief or rage. "Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unspeakable Not able to speak.
    • unspeakable Incapable of being spoken or uttered; unutterable; ineffable; inexpressible.
    • unspeakable Extreme; extremely bad: as, an unspeakable fool; an unspeakable play.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unspeakable un-spē′ka-bl incapable of being spoken, uttered, or described
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.”
  • Luigi Pirandello
    Luigi%20Pirandello
    “Each of us, face to face with other men, is clothed with some sort of dignity, but we know only too well all the unspeakable things that go on in the heart.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. un-, not + speakable,

Usage

In literature:

She was sick, unspeakably sick: with the heart-nausea of broken hope and broken faith.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
To him it testified to an unspeakable regret.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
And an agonizing pang of unspeakable anguish piercing his bosom made his heart beat like a fluttering rag.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
There is an unspeakably great army of the one sex which makes a show and a lure of its penal uniform.
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
With unspeakable anxiety Kennedy awaited Brogten's departure.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar
And how unspeakably wealthy are the implications of the great word!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
And yet, I mind groping about before them, like a bond man, with a fear and dread unspeakable.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
It has covered the Unspeakable Eyes from the eyes of a man.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
In subsequent life, he occasionally spoke of these hours as seasons of unspeakable joy.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
You learn that she is a prisoner on the unspeakably horrible island of Saghalien.
"Princess Zara" by Ross Beeckman
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In poetry:

Chiefly it is when the beautiful day
Dies with a sound on its lips like a psalm —
Anthem of loveliness drifting away
Over a sea of unspeakable calm.
"To the Spirit of Music" by Henry Kendall
'And it started a hope like a lightning-streak
That I might go to him — say for a week —
And afford you right
To put me away, and your vows unspeak.
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
A slow song beaten and broken,
As it were from the dust and the dead,
As of spirits athirst unsloken,
As of things unspeakable spoken,
As of tears unendurable shed.
"Tenebrae" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Find in Christ the way of peace,
Peace unspeakable, unknown;
By his pain he gives you ease,
Life by his expiring groan;
Rise, exalted by his fall,
Find in Christ your all in all.
"Hymn XX: Weary Souls, that Wander Wide" by Charles Wesley
My prayer hath power with God; the grace
Unspeakable I now receive;
Through faith I see thee face to face;
I see thee face to face and live!
In vain I have not wept and strove;
Thy nature and thy name is Love.
"Wrestling Jacob" by Charles Wesley
Burnt out is now my misery--
love's yearning
No more unspeakably torments my heart,
Yet bearable alone through thee, my being--
All thou art not is idle, stale and dying,
Colourless, withered, dead,--save where thou art!
"Burnt Out Is Now My Misery" by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy

In news:

It's unspeakable cruelty to confine elephants in solitude.
Former Colorado Springs Police officer Joshua Carrier did some unspeakably bad things and he will go to prison for a long time.
The Unspeakable, in Its Jammies .
Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable.
'To speak the unspeakable '.
' Unspeakable ' postponed until spring.
Colorado shooting is ' unspeakable tragedy'.
Family describes ' unspeakable grief' after apparent murder-sucide in Saskatchewan.
Duncan says shootings an ' unspeakable tragedy'.
On Top of Famine, Unspeakable Violence.
Journey into the unspeakable ends for jury and families.
An Unspeakable Word Is the Word That Has to Be Spoken.
Christie calls Tyler Clementi's suicide an ' unspeakable tragedy'.
What if there's an accident at the hormone factory and we wind up electing Michael Fassbender and doing unspeakable things to Medicaid.
"Let's be clear, this wasn't justice, this was murder and an atrocity of unspeakable cruelty," said Gen John R Allen, the US commander in Afghanistan.
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In science:

Bell, Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987). J. T.
Lifting Bell inequalities
Bell, Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics (Second Edition), (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 2004) H. P.
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Bell, Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics, (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
Relationalism vs. Bayesianism
Bell, Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics: col lected papers on quantum philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1987), chap. 4.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
Bell, Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics, 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Local Causality and Completeness: Bell vs. Jarrett
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