Definitions

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  • adjective Not able to be reached or grasped.

Etymologies

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From un- +‎ graspable.

Examples

  • Akataleptos, 'ungraspable' is common to Basil and (probably) the Antiochene formula of 325; it appears also in the liturgy of Chrysostom, but – unsurprisingly – is absent from AC and Eunomius, both of which have serious theological objection to phrases suggesting that God is radically unknowable.

    The Creed and the Eucharist in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn

  • Very shrewd observations are to be found in his reviews, for instance his indication, in reviewing La Touche's _Fragoletta_, of that common fault of ambitious novels, a sort of woolly and "ungraspable" looseness of construction and story, which constantly bewilders the reader as to what is going on.

    The Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix

  • Two and a half thousand years ago, the Buddha told us that everything is changing all the time, and if we want to be enlightened beings, we mustn't allow ourselves to be attached to anything other than that ungraspable emptiness that is the very ground of reality itself.

    Andrew Z. Cohen: "I Have Seen the Mountaintop:" A Vision of the Possible

  • It used to be translated as “vanity of vanities,” a beautifully resonant phrase, but one that misrepresents somewhat the Hebrew word hebel, which does not mean “vanity” in our sense, but rather anything fleeting and insubstantial, hence also, sometimes, ungraspable.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • It used to be translated as “vanity of vanities,” a beautifully resonant phrase, but one that misrepresents somewhat the Hebrew word hebel, which does not mean “vanity” in our sense, but rather anything fleeting and insubstantial, hence also, sometimes, ungraspable.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Two and a half thousand years ago, the Buddha told us that everything is changing all the time, and if we want to be enlightened beings, we mustn't allow ourselves to be attached to anything other than that ungraspable emptiness that is the very ground of reality itself.

    Andrew Z. Cohen: "I Have Seen the Mountaintop:" A Vision of the Possible

  • Something to do with life itself, with the ungraspable passage of time, with the simple act of living.

    Claudia Ricci: Seeing Red -- No, Serializing Novels Online Isn't Brand New!!

  • It used to be translated as “vanity of vanities,” a beautifully resonant phrase, but one that misrepresents somewhat the Hebrew word hebel, which does not mean “vanity” in our sense, but rather anything fleeting and insubstantial, hence also, sometimes, ungraspable.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • It is the interpretation that speaks to me about the ungraspable truth and beauty of this world.

    Vamsee Juluri: Lord Shiva And The Economist: A New Low For Journalism

  • But the level of acclaim "1234" brought her proved "a smooth, ungraspable surface," she said recently in the courtyard of an East Village hotel.

    The Recovering Pop Artist

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