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

  • adj. Impossible to expiate or atone for: inexpiable crimes.
  • adj. Obsolete Implacable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. both unforgivable and inexplicable

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Admitting of no expiation, atonement, or satisfaction.
  • adj. Incapable of being mollified or appeased; relentless; implacable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not to be expiated; admitting of no expiation or atonement: as, an inexpiable crime or offense.
  • Not to be satisfied or appeased by expiation; implacable.

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

  • adj. incapable of being atoned for


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  • For he now lived inside the words of Omar, the ghost's plaintive smile staved his soul of its inexpiable guilt.

    The Sanchez Ghost

  • Now, it required no conjurer to foresee, that should Francis commit this inexpiable crime of secretly allying himself with a

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • And to impress upon me that I had done nothing inexpiable.

    John Gabriel Borkman

  • A new Ahasuerus, cursed by inexpiable crime, yet sustained by a great purpose.

    Green Mansions

  • I had the power, if I could raise myself to will it, and yet again had not the power, for the weight of twenty Atlantics was upon me, or the oppression of inexpiable guilt.

    Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

  • The desperate squeakings about the old house on windy nights that to Anthony were burglars with revolvers ready in hand represented to Gloria the auras, evil and restive, of dead generations, expiating the inexpiable upon the ancient and romantic hearth.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • They confess that the cause why they persecuted their brother was his having dreamed; as if truly this ass an inexpiable offense; but if they are indignant at his dreams, why do they not rather wage war with God?

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • And first, he reproves their ingratitude, because, when they had been so kindly received, they made the worst possible return; next, he contends that the crime was inexpiable, because they had stolen what was most valuable to him; namely, the cup in which he was accustomed both to drink and to divine.

    Commentary on Genesis - Volume 2

  • Son, as to his distinct person, may be blasphemed; so it is said here expressly; -- and thereon it is added that the Holy Ghost also may be distinctly blasphemed, or be the immediate object of that sin which is declared to be inexpiable.


  • And who would not take this for an inexpiable crime in any, especially in him who has written so much of the nature and use of threatening under the gospel, and the fear that ought to be in generated by them in the hearts of men, as

    The Doctrine of Justification by Faith


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  • 'If I had broke the cup, madam,' Mr. Sumelin answered, 'it would have been a crime inexpiable but by a new set. This is, I suppose, a regular tax upon husbands; I submit to it; but I really cannot submit to the not being allowed to scald my own fingers.'

    —Robert Bage, 1796, Hermsprong

    March 21, 2009