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  • n. The quality or state of being ineffable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being ineffable; ineffableness; unspeakableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition or quality of being ineffable; unspeakableness.


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  • The ineffability is that of a judge whose wisdom we cannot follow.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Two recent displays in Los Angeles set me on this perilous rumination, displays of mastery from artists who have long moved me with the twinned ineffability and logic - the simultaneous need to exist and existential improbability - of their work.

    Peter Frank: Blague d'Art: American Masters, American Dreams

  • Donning an unadorned and boyish wardrobe that itself did not "weigh heavily," she fashioned renunciation into a contrary look of simplicity, ineffability, transcendent unconcern her competitor Paul Poiret called it "poverty deluxe".

    The Enduring Coco Chanel

  • The undulating "Never Talk About It" is both an incisive meditation on the ineffability of love and a terrific vehicle for Merritt's willowy but keening soprano.

    Album review: Country singer Tift Merritt's ‘See You on the Moon'

  • Too much depended on the rendering of inner life into language, the ineffability of the one compounded by the approximations of the other, and both entirely dependent on a prior theoretical understanding of how the mind worked.


  • Or is he telling us something about what truth has become for us, historically, that it has become a certain difficulty, and that if we are unwilling to be disarmed and to become, suddenly, unknowing, we assume instead a posture of dogmatism that may well sidetrack us from the evanescence, if not the ineffability, of a life?

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • The notions of ineffability and obscurity are imputed from "anomaly".

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • Negative mysterianism goes hand in hand with the doctrines of divine incomprehensibility (that God or God's essence can't be understood completely, at all, or adequately) and divine ineffability


  • In other words, the absolute transcendence and ineffability of the Divine are paradoxically violated in virtue of a “structural error” of our intellect.

    Hitler's Angel (A Meta Christmas Carol)

  • But even this ineffability defines God's place with respect to the universe of beings.

    Dietrich of Freiberg

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