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In my mind's eye, Shakespeare is a huge, hot sea-beast, with fire in his veins and ice on his claws and inscrutable eyes, who looks like an inchoate hump under the encrustations of live barnacle-commentaries, limpets and trailing weeds.
A. S. Byatt

Meaning of "inscrutable" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD INSCRUTABLE

From Late Latin inscrūtābilis, from Latin in-1 + scrūtārī to examine.
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PRONUNCIATION OF INSCRUTABLE

inscrutable  [ɪnˈskruːtəbəl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF INSCRUTABLE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Inscrutable is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES INSCRUTABLE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of inscrutable in the English dictionary

The definition of inscrutable in the dictionary is incomprehensible; mysterious or enigmatic.


WORDS THAT RHYME WITH INSCRUTABLE


bootable
ˈbuːtəbəl
commutable
kəˈmjuːtəbəl
computable
kəmˈpjuːtəbəl
dilutable
daɪˈluːtəbəl
disputable
dɪˈspjuːtəbəl
executable
ˈɛksɪˌkjuːtəbəl
immutable
ɪˈmjuːtəbəl
imputable
ɪmˈpjuːtəbəl
indisputable
ˌɪndɪˈspjuːtəbəl
mutable
ˈmjuːtəbəl
permutable
pɜːˈmjuːtəbəl
prosecutable
ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːtəbəl
reconstitutable
riːˌkɒnstɪˈtjuːtəbəl
recruitable
rɪˈkruːtəbəl
refutable
rɪˈfjuːtəbəl
shootable
ˈʃuːtəbəl
substitutable
ˌsʌbstɪˈtjuːtəbəl
suitable
ˈsuːtəbəl
undisputable
ˌʌndɪsˈpjuːtəbəl
unsuitable
ʌnˈsuːtəbəl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE INSCRUTABLE

inscape
inscience
inscient
insconce
inscribable
inscribableness
inscribe
inscriber
inscription
inscriptional
inscriptive
inscriptively
inscroll
inscrutability
inscrutableness
inscrutably
insculp
insculpt
insculpture
inseam

WORDS THAT END LIKE INSCRUTABLE

able
acceptable
accountable
adjustable
charitable
comfortable
inevitable
notable
on the table
palatable
portable
printable
profitable
reputable
stable
table
timetable
uncomfortable
unforgettable
unstable
vegetable

Synonyms and antonyms of inscrutable in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «INSCRUTABLE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «inscrutable» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of inscrutable

Translation of «inscrutable» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF INSCRUTABLE

Find out the translation of inscrutable to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of inscrutable from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «inscrutable» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

高深莫测
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

inescrutable
570 millions of speakers

English

inscrutable
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

गूढ़
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

غامض
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неисповедимы
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

inescrutável
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অবর্ণনীয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

impénétrable
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Tidak dapat dipertikaikan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

unergründlich
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

不可解な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

헤아릴 수
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Inscrutable
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không thể tìm hiểu
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

புரிந்து கொள்ளக்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

आकस्मिक
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

esrarlı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

inscrutabile
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

nieprzenikniona
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

несповідимі
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

de nepătruns
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ανεξιχνίαστος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

onpeilbaar
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

outgrundlig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

uutgrunnelig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of inscrutable

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «INSCRUTABLE»

The term «inscrutable» is regularly used and occupies the 94.002 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about inscrutable

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4 QUOTES WITH «INSCRUTABLE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word inscrutable.
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A. S. Byatt
In my mind's eye, Shakespeare is a huge, hot sea-beast, with fire in his veins and ice on his claws and inscrutable eyes, who looks like an inchoate hump under the encrustations of live barnacle-commentaries, limpets and trailing weeds.
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Thomas Dekker
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.
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Charles Brenton Huggins
One pits his wits against apparently inscrutable nature, wooing her with ardor but nature is blind justice who cannot recognize personal identity.
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David Riesman
America is not only big and rich, it is mysterious; and its capacity for the humorous or ironical concealment of its interests matches that of the legendary inscrutable Chinese.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «INSCRUTABLE»

Discover the use of inscrutable in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to inscrutable and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
The Inscrutable Americans
This hilarious novel describes one year spent on a small university campus in the US, by an Indian student.
Anurag Mathur, 2007
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God and Inscrutable Evil: In Defense of Theism and Atheism
In this important new book, David O'Connor discusses both logical and empirical forms of the problem of inscrutable evil, perennially the most difficult philosophical problem confronting theism.
David O'Connor, 1998
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Pioneers of Modern China: Understanding the Inscrutable Chinese
"Pioneers of Modern China" is a fascinating book that paints a vivid picture of the unique cultural characteristics and behavior of the Chinese in the various provinces.
Khoon Choy Lee, 2005
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Bartleby the inscrutable: a collection of commentary on ...
Compilation of critical essays using a wide range of analytic approaches, including biographical, philosophical, historical, and structural, to evaluate Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener."
M. Thomas Inge, 1979
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This Is How You Die: Stories of the Inscrutable, Infallible, ...
If a machine could predict how you would die, would you want to know? This is the tantalizing premise of This Is How You Die, the brilliant follow-up anthology to the self-published bestseller, Machine of Death.
Matthew Bennardo, David Malki !, Ryan North, 2013
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Inscrutable houses: metaphors of the body in the poems of ...
"Colwell's work, with its steady focus on Bishop's poems, leads us back to the texts in important and innovative ways, revealing in a new light Bishop's abundant, stunning accomplishments".
Anne Colwell, 1997
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This inscrutable Englishman: Sir John D'Oyly, Baronet, 1774-1824
Sir John d'Oyly (1774-1824) accomplished in 1815, through shrewd diplomacy and the creation of an efficient intelligence network, the peaceful annexation on behalf of the British Crown of Sri Lanka's fiercely independent mountain kingdom of ...
Brendon Gooneratne, Yasmine Gooneratne, 1999
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The Inscrutable Charlie Muffin
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Brian Freemantle including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Brian Freemantle, 2011
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Inscrutable Earth: Explorations Into the Science of Earth
Addresses specific questions concerning the earth's age, origin, and composition, outlines general principles for understanding the earth sciences, and examines the new methodology of this expanding field
Ronald B. Parker, 1984
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Yul Brynner: the inscrutable king
This portrait of the actor-singer-dancer reveals his private life and discusses his career, including his roles in "The Magnificent Seven" and "The King and I"
Jhan Robbins, 1987

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «INSCRUTABLE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term inscrutable is used in the context of the following news items.
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No tears, only joy in Watson's final Open - Golf Channel
... Watson carried himself like a Scot – friendly but distant, blunt but a little bit inscrutable. Americans often thought of Watson as hard to know. «Golf Channel, Jul 15»
2
A new exhibition shows how the Queen entertains | Daily Mail Online
Throughout she has remained inscrutable about her often controversial guests, such as Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 1994. She was ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
3
Windows 10 forced updates: Don't panic | InfoWorld
Mostly, feature upgrades simply refuse to install, often for inscrutable reasons. The problem's with security patches. The new Insider program ... «InfoWorld, Jul 15»
4
A Rhapsody in Argentina - WSJ
His previous novels had inscrutable titles—“Samedi the Deafness” (2007) and “Silence Once Begun” (2014)—but these presaged enticing and ... «Wall Street Journal, Jul 15»
5
Chart Shows The Moment Chicago Became Unaffordable For …
For Bloomberg's analysis, the news outlet just looked at the average salaries of Millennials, or people in that wide and inscrutable 22 to 34 ... «Chicagoist, Jul 15»
6
Doctor Who Catfight? Imagining Clara and Missy Conversing
That friend turned enemy (maybe) then became a merciless psychopath, bent on causing havoc and destruction for their own inscrutable goals. «Doctor Who Watch, Jul 15»
7
Warring Against Windmills: Australia's Renewable Energy Policy …
Stone age politics continues its creaky, inscrutable way in Canberra, with the Australian Prime Minister keen to show his acute lack of ... «Center for Research on Globalization, Jul 15»
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The strange history of North Korean-Polish relations | Krakow Post
Over the last two decades, North Korean diplomacy has become more and more inscrutable. The DPRK has imposed cast-iron discipline on its ... «Krakow Post, Jul 15»
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Editorial: New plan to restore Victoria Square should satisfy | Stuff.co …
If the inscrutable Queen Victoria captured in this statue could talk, she would probably be relieved and happy, like most Christchurch people, ... «The Press, Jul 15»
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Plus ça change | Moving Target | Nepali Times
A journal in the language of foreign hands and imperialists that shed light on the murky, inscrutable world of local politics was most welcome ... «Nepali times, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Inscrutable [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/inscrutable>. Apr 2019 ».
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