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Impossible to understand or interpret.‘Guy looked blankly inscrutable’
enigmatic, unreadable, impenetrable, mysterious, impossible to interpret, crypticmysterious, inexplicable, unexplainable, incomprehensible, beyond comprehension, beyond understanding, impossible to understand, unintelligible, impenetrable, unfathomable, fathomless, opaque, puzzling, perplexing, baffling, bewildering, confusing, abstruse, arcane, obscureView synonyms
- ‘He understands that the poem is foremost a form of communication, and fails if it becomes inscrutable.’
- ‘An inscrutable and incomparably powerful force permeates the Universe and binds it together.’
- ‘But at night when we're on the sofa he sees the inscrutable stories flickering on the box in the corner.’
- ‘There is something inscrutable about the dragon, something that cannot be understood.’
- ‘She had a private meeting with Bertie, who was sympathetic but inscrutable.’
- ‘I wonder if she's holding something back, so inscrutable does she seem at times.’
- ‘It's like a compelling bad dream whose inscrutable images persist in the traumatised moments after waking.’
- ‘He didn't know why the priests had ordered it built, they had their own inscrutable reasons, he didn't really care.’
- ‘It is not some mysterious, inscrutable relation that beliefs bear to facts, whatever they might be.’
- ‘Their musical and personal relationship is at the same time completely open and completely inscrutable.’
- ‘In another brief appearance, the inscrutable South African was dispatched from the event with six holes to spare.’
- ‘Newspaper stories see the light of day for all sorts of strange and inscrutable reasons.’
- ‘Now it is said that the inscrutable coach will have to live up to the demands placed on him by the billion people living within a fanatical football nation.’
- ‘Her inscrutable silence has become a canvas for projected social anxieties.’
- ‘The real danger is from the chaotic hatred between mortals that follows the wake of the enemy, not his inscrutable agenda.’
- ‘He just smiles his inscrutable smile and carries on clipping.’
- ‘In the inscrutable case, the overall truth about a state of affairs is not known by anyone.’
- ‘Between them they come up with a tale that is occasionally engaging, often inscrutable, and in the end simplistic.’
- ‘He was oddly inscrutable, like he knew what all the questions were.’
- ‘The relationship between artist and subject can be inscrutable.’
Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin inscrutabilis, from in- ‘not’ + scrutari ‘to search’ (see scrutiny).
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