Definition of irresistible in English:



  • 1Too attractive and tempting to be resisted.

    ‘he found the delicious-looking cakes irresistible’
    • ‘Despite this, circuses have a timeless appeal and are irresistible to some.’
    • ‘Benigni's comic persona has proved as irresistible to Americans as to Italians.’
    • ‘Second, I hoped that it would make me fascinating and irresistible to girls.’
    • ‘Surely no one could look so damned irresistible after the day she'd had.’
    • ‘A woman's rampant desires and irresistible attractiveness give her a power over men that even rivals God's.’
    • ‘The Boca Beach Club presents the irresistible lure of staying and playing on the Atlantic seashore.’
    • ‘Zoek smiled his big happy grin that was simply irresistible to me.’
    • ‘Why did he have to be so darn irresistible?’
    • ‘They offer an apparently irresistible temptation to the bureaucrats and accountants who have become gatekeepers to our dreams.’
    • ‘Affordability, combined with accessibility, makes this market almost irresistible to those who discover it.’
    • ‘What was it about Mike that made him so irresistible to Emily?’
    • ‘He is not the first to find the temptation irresistible.’
    • ‘Of course, the appetizer challenge is just one of numerous tastings that make the festival so irresistible.’
    • ‘And with 1.75 % short-term borrowing costs, high-yielding consumer receivables are simply irresistible.’
    • ‘"It must be my irresistible charm, " I muttered to myself amusingly.’
    • ‘Eyes round as saucers, he didn't even pretend to look away - he found the view too irresistible.’
    • ‘She wondered at what exactly women found so irresistible about the man beside her.’
    • ‘No wonder Charlie finds him irresistible, though that attraction is something the film refuses to explore.’
    • ‘Men getting glammed up and lip-synching to bad pop music just has an almost irresistible ironic appeal.’
    • ‘I will teach you to become the most graceful, flattering, attractive, irresistible lady at court.’
    tempting, enticing, alluring, inviting, seductive
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    1. 1.1Too powerful or convincing to be resisted.
      ‘she felt an irresistible urge to object’
      • ‘Unless I'm attacked by an irresistible urge to extravagance I don't buy flowers for the house any more.’
      • ‘I felt an almost irresistible urge to slap myself for the stupidity of my question.’
      • ‘Nearly all of his songs have an irresistible rhythm that just compels you to start moving.’
      • ‘Maybe defiance will prove as irresistible an export as Levi's, Coke, and MTV.’
      • ‘The urge to touch her again was almost irresistible and he only just barely caught himself.’
      • ‘What can the Somalis do to resist this apparently irresistible force becomes slowly apparent.’
      • ‘Faced with irresistible impulse, he says, we can choose to resist it.’
      • ‘The current pace of cultural change and seemingly irresistible forces of globalization present distinctive challenges to the future of Anglicanism.’
      • ‘Every generation of adults exhibits an irresistible urge to complain about the young.’
      • ‘When it rained, he would just drive, as if the road were an irresistible river carrying him away.’
      • ‘The logic seems irresistible, but it turns out to be wrong.’
      • ‘The risk is that if highs are followed by lows, sleepiness becomes irresistible.’
      • ‘But after that, the rise of Michael Gomez as a boxer seemed irresistible.’
      • ‘But medicine's immovable vested interests are now meeting the modern world's most irresistible forces - consumerism and globalisation.’
      • ‘The urge to view Cash's life as a parable is irresistible, not least because he designed it that way.’
      • ‘The world blurred and darkened before him as he had the most irresistible urge to go back to sleep.’
      • ‘Given Mr Henshaw's evidence on the point, the conclusion is irresistible.’
      • ‘You reflect that there must be something irresistible about China.’
      • ‘That is the irresistible conclusion to be drawn from long-term trends like the household income data.’
      • ‘In this context, the pressures for accounting games and even fraud became irresistible.’
      uncontrollable, overwhelming, overpowering, compelling, compulsive, besetting, irrepressible, ungovernable
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Late 16th century: from medieval Latin irresistibilis, from in- not + resistibilis (from resistere resist).