Inscrutable In*scru"ta*ble, a. [L. inscrutabilis : cf. F. inscrutable. See {In-} not, and {Scrutiny}.] Unsearchable; incapable of being searched into and understood by inquiry or study; impossible or difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; as, an inscrutable design or event. [1913 Webster]

'T is not in man To yield a reason for the will of Heaven Which is inscrutable. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

Waiving a question so inscrutable as this. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

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  • inscrutable — Inscrutable …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • inscrutable — ⇒INSCRUTABLE, adj. Qui ne peut être scruté; que l intelligence humaine ne peut comprendre, percevoir. Synon. impénétrable, incompréhensible. Le christianisme reçoit tout de Dieu et de son inscrutable sagesse. Il est insensé de ramener les choses… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • inscrutable — (del lat. «inscrutabĭlis»; ant.) adj. Inescrutable. * * * inscrutable. (Del lat. inscrutabĭlis). adj. desus. inescrutable …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • inscrutable — I adjective ambiguous, baffling, blank, cloudy, concealed, deadpan, enigmatic, expressionless, hidden, impassive, impenetrable, impossible to understand, inapprehensible, incognizable, incomprehensible, indiscernible, inexplicable, insoluble,… …   Law dictionary

  • inscrutable — (adj.) c.1500, from L.L. inscrutabilis, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + scrutabilis, from scrutari examine, ransack (see SCRUTINY (Cf. scrutiny)). Related: Inscrutably …   Etymology dictionary

  • inscrutable — *mysterious, arcane Analogous words: profound, abysmal, *deep: baffling, balking, thwarting, frustrating, foiling (see FRUSTRATE): hidden, concealed, secreted (see HIDE): enigmatic, cryptic, dark, *obscure, vague: mystifying, perplexing, puzzling …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inscrutable — [adj] hidden, mysterious; blank ambiguous, arcane, cabalistic, deadpan*, difficult, enigmatic, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inexplicable, mysterial, mystic, poker faced*, secret, sphinxlike, unaccountable, undiscoverable, unexplainable,… …   New thesaurus

  • inscrutable — Inscrutable. adj. de tout genre. Impenetrable, qui ne peut estre conceu, qui ne peut estre compris par l esprit humain. Il ne se dit guere qu en parlant des desseins de Dieu, des decrets de la Providence. Les desseins de Dieu sont inscrutables …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • inscrutable — (Del lat. inscrutabĭlis). adj. desus. inescrutable …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • inscrutable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ impossible to understand or interpret. DERIVATIVES inscrutability noun inscrutably adverb. ORIGIN Latin inscrutabilis, from in not + scrutari to search …   English terms dictionary

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