Ineffability



[in-ef-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈɛf ə bəl/

adjective
1.
incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible:
ineffable joy.
2.
not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable:
the ineffable name of the deity.
/ɪnˈɛfəbəl/
adjective
1.
too great or intense to be expressed in words; unutterable
2.
too sacred to be uttered
3.
indescribable; indefinable
n.

1620s; see ineffable + -ity.
adj.

late 14c., from Old French ineffable (14c.) or directly from Latin ineffabilis “unutterable,” from in- “not, opposite of” (see in- (1)) + effabilis “speakable,” from effari “utter,” from ex- “out” (see ex-) + fari “speak” (see fame (n.)). Plural noun ineffables was, for a time, a jocular euphemism for “trousers” (1823). Related: Ineffably.

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