One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an offence or feeling) so bad as to be impossible to expiate.‘an inexpiable sin’
inexcusable, unjustifiable, unjustified, unpardonable, unforgivableView synonyms
- ‘Thousands of soldiers sweep toward the Mediterranean coast leaving behind their dead and their dreams, to wander in the Anatolian desert under a seemingly inexpiable curse.’
- ‘They play a fundamental role in the capacity of colonizers to invent a rationale for their inexpiable barbarity.’
- ‘Blackpool attempted to rally, but again a series of inexpiable officiating decisions again saw an avalanche of penalties against the visitors.’
- ‘Whom of your followers have I ever injured that you thus rage with inexpiable hatred against me?’
- ‘Recourse to the discourse of human rights allows one to distinguish inexpiable crimes from those that lie within the realm of law and redemption.’
Late Middle English: from Latin inexpiabilis, from in- ‘not’ + expiabilis ‘able to be appeased’ (from expiare ‘expiate’).
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