American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking expression; blank: an inexpressive stare.
- adj. Devoid of emotion or style; flat or dull: an inexpressive violin performance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not expressive; wanting expression; not distinctly significant or representative: as, an inexpressive gesture or portrait.
- Not to be expressed; inexpressible; ineffable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. not expressive
- in- + expressive (Wiktionary)
“In some of these paroxysms of fancy, Miss Walton did not fail to be introduced; and the picture which had been drawn amidst the surrounding objects of unnoticed levity was now singled out to be viewed through the medium of romantic imagination: it was improved of course, and esteem was a word inexpressive of the feelings which it excited.”
“But there's just something inherently inexpressive in his face, some lack of inner self-awareness (the Playlist blog recently made apt reference to "his slack jaw and dead eyes") that's off-putting.”
“The exotic, entrancingly inexpressive Maria Montez was born in the Dominican Republic, the daughter of the Spanish consul, and became the admired star of a string of Hollywood Arabian Nights-style romances.”
“You have Bella, a remarkably inexpressive teenage virgin, a gentlemanly vampire, Edward, who's afraid to touch her for fear his bloodlust will take over and he'll gobble her up, and a Native American werewolf, Jacob, who doesn't have a prayer of landing Bella, but hovers protectively, showing off his six-pack abs and deltoids like a human muscle chart.”
“The handsome, inexpressive features offered the routine beauty of the cosmetic boutiques, a conservative amalgam of the past decade's leading media faces.”
“A quiet man always, squarely built, schooled to patience, even at this pass his face was composed and inexpressive as he approached the bed and looked down at his younger son.”
“But like the doll given to her by Wybie, Coraline's Others have no eyes, just black, inexpressive buttons -- a visual marker hinting at their more dangerous nature.”
“Like they think some Robert Duvall character, inexpressive and angry but oh so moral, is somehow the ideal view of the father.”
“Unless in a blind rage he was so flabby, so tedious, so inexpressive, so lumbering, so creatively inert; the nicest thing you could say of him was that he was talent-challenged.”
“And the reason they loved Tony so much, wooden and grim and inexpressive as he was, was that he -- no less than those infatuated by his unreflective brutishness - was NOT TO BLAME.”
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