- ineffable:  Ineffable literally means ‘that cannot be spoken’. Its ultimate source was the Latin verb fārī ‘speak’, which has also given English fable, fame, fate, etc. Addition of the prefix ex- ‘out’ produced effārī ‘speak out’, from which the adjective ineffābilis was derived. In 19th-century English the word was used as a plural noun, like unmentionables, as a humorous euphemism for ‘trousers’ or ‘nether garments’: ‘shoes off, ineffables tucked up’, William Cory, Letters and Journals 1867.
=> fable, fame, fate
- ineffable (adj.)
- late 14c., from Old French ineffable (14c.) or directly from Latin ineffabilis "unutterable," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + effabilis "speakable," from effari "utter," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + fari "to say, speak," from PIE root *bha- (2) "to speak, tell, say" (see fame (n.)). Plural noun ineffables was, for a time, a jocular euphemism for "trousers" (1823). Related: Ineffably.
- 1. The beauty of a sunset is ineffable.
- 2. The terror had at long intervals given place to a feeling of an almost ineffable sweetness.
- 3. They threw this eager vitality of theirs into a vehement striving after the ineffable.
- 4. She sighed a sigh of ineffable satisfaction, as if her cup of happiness were now full.
- 她发出了一声说不出多么满意的叹息, 仿佛她的幸福之杯已经斟满了.
- 5. Actually those ineffable parts are manifested in practical use.
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