Ineffability In*ef`fa*bil"i*ty, n. [L. ineffabilitas: cf. F. ineffabilit['e].] The quality or state of being ineffable; ineffableness; unspeakableness. [1913 Webster]

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  • ineffability —    Ineffability is the property of being unable to be truly spoken of. When one describes God as ineffable one means that God surpasses attempts to describe him: with God such sentiments as words cannot express our gratitude are literal truth.… …   Christian Philosophy

  • ineffability — (n.) 1620s; see INEFFABLE (Cf. ineffable) + ITY (Cf. ity) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Ineffability — To say that something is ineffable means that it cannot or should not be expressed in spoken words (as with the concept of true love or some taboo). It is generally used to describe a feeling, concept or aspect of existence that is too great to… …   Wikipedia

  • ineffability — ineffable ► ADJECTIVE 1) too great or extreme to be expressed in words. 2) too sacred to be uttered. DERIVATIVES ineffability noun ineffably adverb ORIGIN Latin ineffabilis, from in not + effari utter …   English terms dictionary

  • ineffability — noun see ineffable …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • ineffability — See ineffable. * * * …   Universalium

  • ineffability — noun The quality or state of being ineffable …   Wiktionary

  • ineffability — in·ef·fa·bil·i·ty …   English syllables

  • ineffability — (ˌ)iˌnefəˈbiləd.ē, əˌn , lətē, i noun ( es) : the quality or state of being ineffable …   Useful english dictionary

  • ineffable — ineffability, ineffableness, n. ineffably, adv. /in ef euh beuhl/, adj. 1. incapable of being expressed or described in words; inexpressible: ineffable joy. 2. not to be spoken because of its sacredness; unutterable: the ineffable name of the… …   Universalium

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