Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Difficult to understand or interpret; impenetrable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Incapable of being searched into or scrutinized; impenetrable to inquiry or investigation; incognizable: as, the ways of Providence are often inscrutable.
  • Synonyms Impenetrable, undiscoverable, incomprehensible, unsearchable, mysterious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Unsearchable; incapable of being searched into and understood by inquiry or study; impossible or difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Difficult or impossible to comprehend, fathom, or interpret.
  • noun One who or that which is inscrutable; a person, etc. that cannot be comprehended.

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

  • adjective of an obscure nature

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin īnscrūtābilis : in-, not; see in– + scrūtārī, to scrutinize; see scrutiny.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Latin inscrutabilis, from in- ("not") + scrutare ("to examine"), corresponding to in- +‎ scrutable

Examples

  • She turned to find him still standing in the exact same spot, his expression inscrutable.

    The Devil Wears Plaid

  • His stark blue eyes were locked on her, his expression inscrutable.

    The Year of Living Scandalously

  • Jamie gazed down at her, his expression inscrutable.

    The Devil Wears Plaid

  • His stark blue eyes were locked on her, his expression inscrutable.

    The Year of Living Scandalously

  • “My path is clear to me,” he said, his expression inscrutable.

    Kresley Cole Immortals After Dark: The Clan MacRieve

  • She was watching me, her expression inscrutable, somehow aloof and intimate all at once.

    The Legacy

  • He gazed down at her, black lashes partially obscuring obsidian eyes, their expression inscrutable.

    My Devilish Scotsman

  • She tried to imagine how Giovanni would look now, but all she could see was Marco across the table, his handsome face impassive, his expression inscrutable.

    That’s Amore

  • He began to think that perhaps the word "inscrutable" had been coined expressly for her.

    Home Is the Hunter

  • She sat next to him at the bar, her expression inscrutable, looking crisp and as cool as her coloring would allow in pale trousers and a cinnamon cotton shirt.

    All Shall Be Well

Comments

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  • Those Catholic girls liked to tease, but without a ring they were inscrutable

    November 6, 2009

  • Good one!

    November 7, 2009