Definition of incomparable in English:



  • 1Without an equal in quality or extent; matchless.

    ‘the incomparable beauty of Venice’
    • ‘Your greatness is not attached to your accomplishments, but rather to your soulful essence that is a gift of incomparable beauty and majesty.’
    • ‘He has only to blow raspberries out his nose and the structured factually based opinions of others just crumble before his incomparable wit and wisdom.’
    • ‘It embodies that unique, incomparable expression of love, the love of God expressed through His Son Jesus Christ, who died a violent death on the cross to bear the sins of the world.’
    • ‘With its wild, dramatic landscapes, Norway is a land of incomparable beauty.’
    • ‘Also, living in the New York area, she began to encounter some of the incomparable rare book collections on her doorstep.’
    • ‘Our Place article shows how the traditional architecture of Yemen retains its incomparable identity and urban spatial qualities.’
    • ‘The legacy of their wealth, can be seen on Salem's streets in the forms of incomparable architecture and unique museums.’
    • ‘He claims that one of his apes may have an artistic vision, the incomparable Amanda, and he describes himself as serving as her artistic assistant.’
    • ‘Herein, an incomparable trove of creepy-crawlies that would like to feast on you for lunch (and breakfast, dinner and midnight snack).’
    • ‘Scotland offers scenery at least as good as the rest of the UK and Ireland, and in many places it is incomparable.’
    • ‘The ultimate aim of all Buddhists, no matter what strand, is to achieve this incomparable state of supreme knowledge and thus escape the wheel of rebirth.’
    • ‘She is a consummate singer and incomparable actress, but also a first-rate comic and a comely presence.’
    • ‘And always, the bay is a place of subtle, but incomparable beauty.’
    • ‘On the Big Island of Hawaii, along the Kohala Coast, you will find Mauna Lani Resort, an incomparable oasis of beauty and luxury.’
    • ‘Sylvia was a tear-jerker supreme, and a born flirt with an incomparable sense of humour.’
    • ‘It is a place of incomparable external, as well as internal beauty.’
    • ‘There are ambitious plans to revive the Mitchell Library by opening up its incomparable collections and interpreting its riches through digital displays and virtual tours.’
    • ‘Each matzo is flame-baked in a traditional long oven for just sixty seconds to give them their incomparable crispness and subtle nutty flavour.’
    • ‘But there are passages of incomparable beauty and feeling.’
    • ‘This formula gives a very unique warm tone and incomparable middle value separation.’
    without equal, beyond compare, unparalleled, matchless, peerless, without peer, unmatched, without match, without parallel, beyond comparison, second to none, in a class of its own, unequalled, unrivalled, inimitable, nonpareil
    transcendent, superlative, surpassing, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, supreme, top, outstanding, consummate, unique, singular, rare, perfect
    par excellence, hors concours
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  • 2Unable to be compared; totally different.

    ‘censorship still exists, but now it's incomparable with what it was’
    • ‘These responses are incomparable because the individuals have different response category cut points for questions about mobility.’
    • ‘So please think again, whoever you are, and try to come to terms with the fact you are banned from flying your model aircraft as we have to try to come to terms with losing a child, though the two are surely incomparable.’
    • ‘So Iraq and South Africa are totally incomparable, in my view.’
    • ‘I'm tempted to say that it's a bit juvenile really, comparing things that are essentially incomparable.’
    • ‘The two clubs are really incomparable because they have different objectives, but both do what they do very well.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin incomparabilis, from in- not + comparabilis (see comparable).