Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Impossible to resist: an irresistible impulse to sneeze.
  • adj. Having an overpowering appeal: irresistible beauty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not able to be resisted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. That can not be successfully resisted or opposed; superior to opposition; resistless; overpowering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not resistible; incapable of being successfully resisted or opposed; superior to resistance or repulsion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. overpoweringly attractive
  • adj. impossible to resist; overpowering

Etymologies

ir- +‎ resistible (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The rattling of this lure and its swimming action make in irresistible to trout.

    Favorite Lures of the Trout Guides

  • Mr. Shindo's film appeals on many levels, but what makes it irresistible is its exquisite melding of stark black-and-white cinematography and intensely evocative sound design, in which the continually rustling vegetation is virtually an additional character.

    Haunting Films From Japan

  • TV on the Radio represent everything that is good and right about the Brooklyn indie scene from which they emerged -- they are restlessly experimental but grounded in irresistible melodies.

    July 2007

  • “Taken as a group, the stories of Antediluvian Tales show what Poppy Z. Brite has been quietly doing so well for years – writing about the working class of New Orleans … This one is a small treasure that fans of good Southern writing should certainly enjoy and readers who love the city will find irresistible from the very first page.”

    Subterranean Press » 2007 » November

  • The ancestors of the modern Servians poured into the peninsula in irresistible numbers, overpowered the inhabitants, and reached the Dalmatian coast, burning the Roman town of Salona, 609 A.D.

    High Albania

  • His wilful phrensy he calls irresistible, and weeps for the torments which he himself inflicts.

    Anna St. Ives

  • Some readers did find the deal I described as irresistible, and were completely convinced that I was wrong in saying that it was a loser.

    www.philadelphiaweekly.com Philadelphia Weekly

  • *** A docu-series with a title as irresistible as "Love Handles" has to be considered promising.

    Money, Class and Murder

  • Christians can fall back on the idea of irresistible grace to save people from spiritual poverty.

    Leah Anthony Libresco: Ross Douthat's Uncharitable Choice

  • And yet the urge to speak his name was irresistible, as if some part of her wanted to confess her “dark deed.”

    One Flight Up

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