American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Impossible to overcome or overthrow by force.
- adj. Impossible to put aside or drive away: inexpugnable dislike.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not expugnable; that cannot be overcome by force, nor taken by assault; unconquerable; impregnable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Incapable of being subdued by force; impregnable; unconquerable.
- adj. incapable of being overcome, challenged or refuted
- in- + expugn + -able (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin inexpugnābilis : in-, not; see in-1 + expugnābilis, capable of being overcome (from expugnāre : ex-, completely; see ex- + pugnāre, to fight; see impugn). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Inertia' does not mean want of vigour, but may be metaphorically described as the inexpugnable resolve of everything to have its own way.”
“Instinct never yet surrendered to arguments; it is their race-instinct, deep and strong and "inexpugnable," as Carlyle would say.”
“I mean the inexpugnable belief that every detailed occurence can be correlated with its antecedents in a perfectly definite manner, exemplifying general principles.”
“Therefore the mind which is free from passions is a citadel, for man has nothing more secure to which he can fly for, refuge and for the future be inexpugnable.”
“This Castle hath on the one side a drie ditch, on the other side the riuer Moscua, whereby it is made almost inexpugnable.”
“Let us now but make them inexpugnable, and they will make themselves universal.”
“Poictou subdued the strong fortresse of Tailbourg, which was iudged before that time, inexpugnable: but earle Richard oppressed them that kept it so sore with streight siege, that first in a desperate mood they issued foorth, and assailed his people verie valiantlie, but yet neuerthelesse they were beaten backe, and forced to retire into their fortresse, which finallie they surrendred into the hands of earle”
“More saliently, however, this positioning of himself in such a way was, in part, because of a deep melancholy over all those who were gone from his life and regret for all the experiences that they had given him -- experiences that had accumulated and embedded carvings onto the walls of his brain until there were reliefs of inexpugnable, defunct memories, aggravating the past so that it was alive in him still.”
“He even considered the possibility of converting his uncle, and spent the Sunday evening before term began in framing inexpugnable arguments to be preceded by unanswerable questions; but always when he was on the point of speaking he was deterred by the lifelessness of his uncle.”
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