Definition of inexpressible in US English:



  • (of a feeling) too strong to be described or conveyed in words.

    ‘inexpressible joy’
    • ‘To his inexpressible relief, the fledgling came back into sight, still flying in a broad circle, rather than striking off to the east.’
    • ‘The epilogue catches perfectly the endless withdrawing melancholy of summer evenings in the high north, when pleasure goes on so long it turns into an inexpressible sadness.’
    • ‘It filled his soul again with inexpressible joy and pleasure, as if everything else seemed dark by comparison with that infinite brilliance and radiant light-for it was night.’
    • ‘Her untamed sexuality, her unknowable desires, her inexpressible emotions, frighten and drive him further away.’
    • ‘I shrieked, my voice quaking with inexpressible wrath.’
    • ‘The fallen leader's statues often go down with him, like the scapegoat cast out at the year's end, a focus for normally inexpressible feelings of violence.’
    • ‘Their ride brings them inexpressible glee and joy.’
    • ‘It is this potential for music to express contradictory, sometimes inexpressible emotions that drives Ward to write songs.’
    • ‘The inexpressible grief of the family of the murdered boy will never cease.’
    • ‘He was standing stiffly at his gate, staring into the cemetery, his eyes deep pools of inexpressible sorrow.’
    • ‘What is inexpressible in words may seem even further removed from any kind of visualization.’
    • ‘She had laughed, so close to tears, so close to letting the hollow gaping wound surface and sweep her away in a wave of inexpressible rage.’
    • ‘On the day of the wedding, I remember dressing in that pink dress with inexpressible joy, for it was the moment I had been waiting for since the seamstress had first measured me for my clothing.’
    • ‘Her new born female child inherited a terrible, inexpressible fear, that someone, somewhere, was buried alive.’
    • ‘Suddenly it stood still to an inexpressible feeling that thrilled it through, and passed at once to my head and extremities.’
    • ‘Help us to give our hearts to you so that you can fill us with your inexpressible joy.’
    • ‘He testified faithfully to God's glory and knew the inexpressible joy that ensues from such testimony, but how was his testimony received?’
    • ‘His face seemed simply to be expanding with inexpressible rage, but then he began to change.’
    • ‘When I look upon these people who are being trained with this attitude, and work up a good sweat with them, I feel a sort of inexpressible sorrow along with a great responsibility.’
    • ‘He attributes the decline of literary style in great part to the poetry of World War I, which tried to describe inexpressible horrors as bluntly and simply as possible.’
    indescribable, undefinable, unutterable, unspeakable, incommunicable, ineffable
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