American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Beyond description; inexpressible: unspeakable happiness.
- adj. Inexpressibly bad or objectionable: unspeakable poverty.
- adj. Not to be spoken: unspeakable thoughts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not able to speak.
- Incapable of being spoken or uttered; unutterable; ineffable; inexpressible.
- Extreme; extremely bad: as, an unspeakable fool; an unspeakable play.
- adj. Incapable of being spoken or uttered; unutterable; ineffable; inexpressible.
- adj. Unfit or not permitted to be spoken or described.
- adj. Extremely bad or objectionable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not speakable; incapable of being uttered or adequately described; inexpressible; unutterable; ineffable.
- adj. defying expression or description
- adj. too sacred to be uttered
- adj. exceptionally bad or displeasing
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“Being able to speak the unspeakable is very powerful.”
“At the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called for a global battle against what he called the unspeakable horror of terrorism.”
“To understand what Merton meant by the multi-purpose term the unspeakable, President Obama, I suggest that you consider Dante's famous work known as the "Inferno.”
“Meantime, across Africa, a region remains besieged by what can really only be described as unspeakable living conditions.”
“Declaration of Human Rights; an era during which man recalling the unspeakable horrors of Nazism, has called on the South African racists to abandon racism and apartheid.”
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“Fourth advantage or furtherance towards the maturity or prevalent season of a temptation; which is, the unspeakable malice and activity, together with the incredible skill and boldness of the tempter.”
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