Definition of incredible in English:

incredible

adjective

  • 1Impossible to believe.

    ‘an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy’
    • ‘But it is the way he frames that opposing suggestion which is utterly incredible.’
    • ‘So incredible did this appear, that we could hardly believe our eyes when we saw it.’
    • ‘Many of the events that take place seem implausible, even at times incredible.’
    • ‘The final, incredible twist was that it was the younger boy who had invented these characters and instigated his own murder.’
    unbelievable, beyond belief, hard to believe, scarcely credible, unconvincing, far-fetched, strained, laboured, implausible, improbable, highly unlikely, not in the least likely, questionable, dubious, doubtful, inconceivable, unthinkable, unimaginable, impossible, astonishing, astounding, breathtaking, staggering, absurd, preposterous, phenomenal, extraordinary
    View synonyms
  • 2Difficult to believe; extraordinary.

    ‘the noise from the crowd was incredible’
    • ‘Singh shows incredible control and discretion in the handling of this difficult material.’
    • ‘They're ordinary people under extraordinary circumstances, taking on incredible odds.’
    • ‘Well, yes, Anne, this is another extraordinary twist in this most incredible episode.’
    • ‘I have the impression a digicam without rechargeable batteries might be an incredible pain.’
    • ‘From here on my wicker chair it seems incredible that just short decades ago this garden was a dust-bowl, a sterile desert.’
    • ‘Brazil's use of the adjectival f-word is so impressive that it seems incredible that he was able to suppress it on air.’
    • ‘My son sleeps in the room at the front and the heat in there was absolutely incredible - it was the most terrifying moment of my life.’
    • ‘A measure of the incredible sensitivity of this issue is the fact that no-one wants to talk about it.’
    • ‘For a start, an incredible two million people have apparently applied for tickets to the Jubilee concerts.’
    • ‘The crowd goes crazy the whole night, and the atmosphere is amazing - it's incredible what a change of venue can do.’
    • ‘The story of the Unknown Warrior is one of extraordinary bravery and incredible sacrifice.’
    • ‘Probably over the last four seasons they have been stronger, so to do what we did last year was an incredible feat.’
    • ‘He had an incredible run of terrific stories and we intend to keep the momentum.’
    • ‘It's incredible to believe that one as wealthy as he could ever have fallen so far.’
    • ‘His portraits are incredible feats of mastery and the hardest of his constant commissions.’
    • ‘What is even more puzzling is the set of beliefs that seems to go hand in hand with this incredible condescension.’
    • ‘What made the feat even more incredible is that he scored the hole in one on the ninth and he was playing the third at the time.’
    • ‘The information I have received is so incredible that I have difficulty believing it.’
    • ‘You won't believe the incredible thing that happened to me the other day.’
    • ‘This would be an incredible feat of consistent top class riding and he will undoubtedly be the man to beat.’
    magnificent, wonderful, marvellous, spectacular, remarkable, phenomenal, prodigious, miraculous, sublime
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1informal Very good; wonderful.
      ‘I was mesmerized: she looked so incredible’
      • ‘I find myself playing it and relaxing to the incredible sensations of mood in the music.’
      • ‘He was an excellent speaker with an incredible medical background.’
      • ‘Some people can go out when it's two or three feet and your first ride is pretty incredible.’
      • ‘The monk starts telling a story about a man who has an incredible experience with magic and love.’
      • ‘People don't know that much about him, except that he makes incredible music.’
      • ‘If you've never opened up a Lush parcel, you're definitely missing out on an incredible smell sensation.’
      • ‘The Host Town Programme is wonderful and the efforts of all involved have been incredible.’
      • ‘His unknown assailant had taken him down with superb speed and incredible timing.’
      • ‘Burchill met his cross with a superb header but the keeper defied him with an incredible one-handed save.’
      • ‘The play encourages us to wonder about an incredible aspect of our history.’
      • ‘It's a fabulous place to live - incredible weather, great people, brilliant nightlife.’
      • ‘Fuchs uses incredible speed and excellent defensive skills to pass many serves and dig a lot of attacks.’
      • ‘Food: hot dogs and burgers, crêpes, wonderful fruit and antipasti, incredible cheeses.’
      • ‘I would never have thought I could climb such formidable mountains, so it was an incredible thrill to be able to do it.’
      • ‘It's a wonderful idea to do this incredible and strange show around such pictures.’
      • ‘Being in such close contact with wild animals has also been an incredible source of wonder.’
      • ‘He gets an incredible thrill from cooking and becomes quite animated while talking about it.’
      • ‘My fabulous, incredible brother from another mother has a stunningly beautiful wife.’
      • ‘I've had the chance to do so many wonderful things, visit so many incredible places.’
      • ‘During the return flight, he said there was an incredible sensation of speed.’
      impressive, remarkable, extraordinary, outstanding, exceptional, staggering, amazing, astonishing, phenomenal, coruscating, imposing, breathtaking, thrilling
      View synonyms

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin incredibilis, from in- ‘not’ + credibilis (see credible).

Pronunciation

incredible

/ɪnˈkrɛdɪb(ə)l/