unspeakable
adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. incapable of being expressed in words ; unutterable b. inexpressibly bad ; horrendous <
unspeakable living conditions
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unspeakable evil
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2. that may not or cannot be spoken <
the bawdy thoughts that come into one's head — the unspeakable words — L. P. Smith
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unspeakable collections of consonants — Rosemary Jellis
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unspeakably adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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