Definitions

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

  • adjective Not to be named or identified.

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  • adjective That cannot, or should not, be named

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  • adjective too sacred to be uttered

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Examples

  • Odorants classified as unnameable were rated as significantly more difficult to name than odors classified as nameable.

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  • Whereupon this foreigner, who was clueless and careless enough to mention the occult, was showered with stories of varying levels of tragedy illustrating the cataclysmic powers of the 'unnameable', whose name still inspired fear.

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  • Odorants classified as unnameable and nameable were rated as equally intense (t (9) = 0.76, p

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  • Claustrophobia replaces openness as you experience the unnameable on a colossal scale.

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  • The usual rap on Mr. Romney is that he's robotic, but the real reason he can't gain traction with voters is that they suspect he's concealing some unnameable private doubt.

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  • We notice, in a pile of unnameable forms, suggestively titled "Residue," the shoe soles that will return again and again in Guston's later paintings, as well as hints of stubbed-out cigarette butts.

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  • Detailed scenarios display fragments of earth and home destroyed by some unnameable horror.

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  • Netherland recognizes the tenuous nature of a self, that "fine white thread running, through years and years," and Hans flirts with the possibility that language may not precisely describe the world ( "I was assaulted by the notion, arriving in the form of a terrifying stroke of consciousness, that substance — everything of so called concreteness — was indistinct from its unnameable opposite").

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  • Detailed scenarios display fragments of earth and home destroyed by some unnameable horror.

    Tracey Harnish: Devastation of the American Dream

  • Detailed scenarios display fragments of earth and home destroyed by some unnameable horror.

    Tracey Harnish: Devastation of the American Dream

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