Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Late Middle English
Too big or extreme for words to express
Not to be spoken of due to its sacredness
Examples of Ineffable in a sentence
"I felt ineffable joy when my daughter was born."
"In certain religions, God is as mysterious as his or her or its ineffable name."
Popularity Over Time
Ineffable carries an interesting role in religious history, as it can be used to describe things both too sacred to be discussed and too evil to be mentioned. For example, a divine creator's mercy might be considered ineffable, but so too could the whispering influence of the devil.
Did you Know?
Ineffable is a bit ironic by its very nature — it’s a word used to describe something that can’t be described in words.