Definition of unutterable in US English:



  • Too great, intense, or awful to describe.

    ‘those private moments of unutterable grief’
    • ‘He, who has worked for international magazines such as Time and Newsweek, and British newspaper the Sunday Times, has captured those moments in which unutterable misery meets human courage, strength, and compassion.’
    • ‘The Berlin Jewish Museum obviously speaks to us from a specific historical experience but it opens up issues that are very important in the contemporary world - how to deal with an almost unutterable history and how to represent loss.’
    • ‘Within 60 seconds of that score, however, Scotland conceded a try of unutterable amateurishness.’
    • ‘From what looked like very bad news came the unutterable relief of very good news.’
    • ‘And once again, the thought that Howard was joining the ‘Coalition’ for less than freedom-loving reasons was unutterable.’
    • ‘The stand-out performance is that of her as Julienne, trying to articulate unutterable emotions in a faltering stammer that is simultaneously funny and sad.’
    • ‘This is about television and the audience, both of which, on the evidence of these programmes, have descended over the past 40 years into a condition of unutterable stupidity.’
    • ‘Slowly, ponderously, and to no obvious purpose, bewigged lawyers gnaw away at obscure details, while judges occasionally interrupt them with observations of unutterable banality.’
    • ‘He writes, ‘It is an unutterable sadness which punctuates the reality that I am called upon to portray, and yet the dominant superstition of my profession demands that I raise a laugh.’’
    • ‘More recently, their books captured the unutterable sadness of the place.’
    • ‘Her voice had seemed to come from some unutterable distance.’
    • ‘He was often frightened that he was losing his memory, though the doctors had found no evidence of this, and even his failure to recall things he might plausibly have forgotten thirty years ago filled him with unutterable terror.’
    • ‘In this poem, the line that introduces the variation, ‘But O for the touch of a vanish'd hand,’ is also the line that tells us for the first time what the unutterable grief is about.’
    • ‘Everything I have suffered seems almost necessary, because I am overcome with an unutterable serenity.’
    • ‘Can governments really expect that we will sit and watch images of unutterable misery and do nothing about it?’
    • ‘But they are picked up by the scanning mechanism of our subconscious, which enables them to join a host of otherwise unutterable feelings that lie buried deep in our psyche.’
    • ‘It is hard to convey quite how profoundly last Tuesday's attack will change the character of New York, but there is a sense of unutterable loss, which the city is still struggling to make sense of.’
    • ‘By consciously subverting the genre of figurative painting, he evokes a miscellaneous sense of emptiness, horror, desire and unutterable inner fire with Eastern religious connotations.’
    • ‘As we speak, literally thousands of copies of films of almost unutterable worthlessness are being preserved in this manner.’
    • ‘A problem: said illumination tends to reveal kinks, unpleasant truths, and unutterable feelings.’
    indescribable, beyond words, beyond description, inexpressible, unspeakable, undefinable, beggaring description, inconceivable, unthinkable, unheard of
    marvellous, wonderful, superb, splendid, ineffable, unimaginable, profound, deep, ecstatic
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