Unspeak

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unspeak To retract, as what has been spoken; to recant; to unsay.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unspeak To recant; retract, as what has been spoken; unsay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unspeak (Shak.) to retract, as what has been spoken
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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
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    “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
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    “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
1st pref. un-, + speak,

Usage

In literature:

The men and the women who engage in this traffic are more unspeakably low and vile than any other class of criminals.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Myra gazed at him, in unspeakable dismay.
"The Mistress of Shenstone" by Florence L. Barclay
Over this new home of hers there hung an unspeakable melancholy.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
Her head was no longer hot, for a chilly horror had come upon her, like the shadow of something unspeakably awful, close at hand.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
The man's calm, handsome face filled me suddenly with unspeakable revulsion.
"Uncanny Tales" by Various
He was unspeakably lonely.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Unspeakable joy all the day long, and every day, was my happy experience.
"A Retrospect" by James Hudson Taylor
I would rejoice in Thee as my Redeemer, MY HOLY ONE, with a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Mr. Copley leaned now upon his arm, and Dolly fell behind, thankful unspeakably for the relief.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
On the platform with the bishop and other notables, both men and women, sat Mrs. Swinton, and she sighed with unspeakable weariness.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
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In poetry:

A young girl's face, death makes cold marble of,
Turned to the moon and me,
Sad with the pathos of unspeakable love,
Floating to sea.
"Rembrandts" by Madison Julius Cawein
The sea was mist-enwreathed at morn,
A void unspeakably forlorn;
Yet from the seeming barren gloom
Beauty, the dream of the world, was born.
"Mist At Sea" by Clinton Scollard
In him, whose bursting heart the cloud
Of sorrow chilled, and wretchedness;
In him, whose fainting head was bowed
In his unspeakable distress;
"Hymns for Communion VIII" by John Pierpont
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
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

In news:

EEOC Sues Over ' Unspeakable ' Abuse.
The future is unspeakable in 'S2'.
America's Unspeakable Crime: Our Criminal Justice System.
In this West Virginia community, poverty runs an unspeakable 23 percent.
He's accused of unspeakable crimes.
As soon as it was out of my mouth, I wondered if I had been unspeakably rude— Beads of Paradise is, as its name strongly suggests, a bead emporium.
After days of unspeakable heartache it was one more extraordinary act of courage .
Connecticut town looks within for support after unspeakable tragedy.
Most children equate a visit to the dentist with unspeakable horrors.
Tulsa Police determined that Randolph was the victim of an unspeakable, vicious murder and assigned Sgt Marcus Harper to be the lead detective.
What if there's an accident at the hormone factory and we wind up electing Michael Fassbender and doing unspeakable things to Medicaid.
The massacre of at least 16 civilians in three Afghan villages by an American soldier on Sunday was an unspeakable horror.
Unspeakable pockets of life find their voice in a new exhibit at Firecat.
The unspeakable grief of the Collier family was alleviated for a few hours.
Pakistan should determine it's own future, but can aid it's own cause e by stamping out unspeakable violence.
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In science:

Bell, Speakable and unspeakable in quantum mechanics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987). J. T.
Lifting Bell inequalities
Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Col lected Papers on Quantum Philosophy.
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics: Col lected Papers on Quantum Philosophy.
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
Bell, Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987). D. M.
Relativistic almost local hidden-variable theory
Bell, Speakable and Unspeakable in Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press (1987). J. F.
Bell's Inequalities, Superquantum Correlations, and String Theory
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