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  • adv. Intensifies an adjective to mean indescribably.
  • adv. Intensifies an adjective to mean unmentionably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a manner not to be expressed in words; unspeakably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an ineffable manner; so as not to be expressed in words; unspeakably.

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

  • adv. to an inexpressible degree


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  • I called my ineffably scummy Representative Tim Johnson (DC office) and left a message with an intern who managed to sound both terminally bored and utterly hostile once I said that I wanted Johnson to vote for the Senate bill.

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  • His primary goal is to preserve a national order that put him – the ineffably admirable Fred – at the the helm of WaPo.

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  • The Red Tree is supremely rewarding not merely for its moments of terror, but for its ineffably sensitive display of the complexity of human emotions.

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  • In these islands, "chilli con carney" which always makes me think of those ineffably cool, invariably grizzled men who operated the Waltzers of my youth is traditionally served bursting out of microwaved baked potatoes, or in a neat pile atop a ring of basmati rice, like so much minced meat curry.

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  • As for brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin and even the ineffably famous and recognizable Cartier, they were only understood by aristocrats and the gentry.

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  • The place was ineffably beautiful, the cottonwoods a deep amber color.

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  • A few mornings later a bird with an ineffably beautiful song woke me.

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  • A Portsmouth supporter's 12-hour, round-trip train journey to watch their team lose 1-0 at Ewood Park or wherever will, in the eyes of some, have been more acutely and ineffably depressing than having been present at a drubbing so historic, so baroque, that to say "I was there" is almost a badge of honour.

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