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  • adj. Impossible to assuage


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un- +‎ assuageable


  • Their coolness, their ironic detachment, their seeming indifference to other people and their opinions are for both the source of their charisma and attractiveness, but they are defensive qualities and their apparent independence is actually only an unassuageable loneliness.

    Lance Mannion:

  • At 57, Pogrebin retains an unassuageable skepticism about surface appearances.

    Family Secrets

  • Hard, cold, laconic, with all the private fury of some unassuageable pain, he wore the leather mask because it eased, if only briefly, the burden of control.


  • Leftists describe themselves as "progressives" or "reformers" - and this emphasis on the need for change betrays an unassuageable dissatisfaction about the status quo.

    Speech: A Narrative of Success

  • One encounters the unassuageable ache of the imagined past, for example, at a more or less implicit level, in American writers from Cooper and Hawthorne through Faulkner and Chandler, right down to Steven Millhauser and Jonathan Franzen.

    Am I Missing Something? « So Many Books

  • The story is built on dichotomies, or rather binary oppositions: Herakles is in agony, and can be relieved of this only by being burnt to death; the person who does him a boon kills him; Philoctetes will gain as reward for this boon a great gift that will bring terrible consequences -- consequences, in fact, that come in the form of unassuageable and unending pain, thus completing a large circle.

    My Favorite Greek Myth

  • The answer is that it's not what we've done but what we are which inflames the terrorists 'unassuageable sense of grievance.

    Alexander Downer - Speech to launch the White Paper on International Terrorism

  • Her eyes filled with tears again, and I saw it was the raw ache for motherhood, that fierce instinct which could cause such unassuageable pain, that grieved her at least as much as the loss of the man.


  • It was not a nothingness that possessed her when she was not making love but rather a terrible, aching, unassuageable sadness that went beyond anything I had encountered.

    The Miko

  • Surely when we describe a Bach aria as expressing grief, and the prelude to Tristan as expressing unassuageable longing, we are using the word "expressing" in the same sense?

    An Exchange on the New Grove


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