Definition of incredible in English:



  • 1Impossible to believe.

    ‘an almost incredible tale of triumph and tragedy’
    • ‘So incredible did this appear, that we could hardly believe our eyes when we saw it.’
    • ‘The final, incredible twist was that it was the younger boy who had invented these characters and instigated his own murder.’
    • ‘But it is the way he frames that opposing suggestion which is utterly incredible.’
    • ‘Many of the events that take place seem implausible, even at times incredible.’
    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
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  • 2Difficult to believe; extraordinary.

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