from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable. See Synonyms at unspeakable.
- adj. Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Beyond expression in words; unspeakable.
- adj. Forbidden to be uttered; taboo.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; inexpressible: as, the ineffable joys of heaven; ineffable disgust.
- That must not be spoken: as, the ineffable name. See Jehovah.
- n. plural Trousers.
- n. One who is not to be named; one who is too high in his profession or in the fashionable world to be named with others.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. too sacred to be uttered
- adj. defying expression or description
It is a fond conceit of the superstitious Jews that his blasphemy was in pronouncing the name of Jehovah, which they call ineffable: he that made himself known by that name never forbade the calling of him by that name.
Something about the plastic face, a face frozen in an expression of ineffable sadness.
You may give them all they need of food and drink and make the conditions of their existence as favorable as possible, and they may grow and bloom, but there is a certain ineffable something that will be missing if you do not love them, a delicate glory too spiritual to be caught and put into words.
"Weep then, my word ineffable!" cried Malcolm, and laid himself again at her feet, kissed them, and was silent.
I stood upon the gulf which girds my dwelling: in one hand, I held my sacred talisman, that bears the name ineffable; in the other, the mystic record of our holy race.
The word ineffable, is important here, Those that practice the art of negative theology, whether within the Abrahamic tradition or not, will always ascribe God as being unknowable, yet paradoxically knowable through this form of theology, though of course not at the anthropomorphic level.
Sometimes he introduces himself by the same method to the imagination; and sometimes he addresses the mind in a manner ineffable, which is called Inspiration.
This word, when thus pronounced, is called the ineffable word, which cannot be altered as other words are, and the degrees which you have received, are called, on this account, INEFFABLE DEGREES.
She recalled the ineffable scenes of the passion, the burial and the resurrection.
Regardless, Hochschild reminds us once again of a simple truth we can never hear too often yet seem incapable of remembering, namely the ineffable horror of war.