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Beggar description

Defy or outdo any possible description, as in The stage set was so elaborate, it beggared description. This term, alluding to the idea that words are insufficient to do something justice, was already used by Shakespeare in Antony and Cleopatra (2:2), “For her own person It beggared all description.”
Historical Examples

The events that occurred during the following hundred or more days beggar description.
The Smoky God Willis George Emerson

The feelings of the unfortunate Theodora were such as to beggar description.
Gomez Arias Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

There were snores that beggar description, that seemed to express every temperament and every passion of the human soul.
Lippincott’s Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII, No. 28. July, 1873. Various

The scenes in the Jewish quarter at the close of the riot, beggar description.
Rabbi and Priest Milton Goldsmith

There are some scenes that beggar description, and this was such an one.
Madeline Payne, the Detective’s Daughter Lawrence L. Lynch

Behind the two heroic combats scenes were occurring which beggar description.
The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane

I will not describe my years of happiness with my noble wife; such years beggar description.
Mauprat George Sand


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