inscrutable

  • 1 inscrutable — Inscrutable …

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  • 2 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

  • 3 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; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 inscrutable — (Del lat. inscrutabĭlis). adj. desus. inescrutable …

    Diccionario de la lengua española

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 inscrutable — [in skro͞ot′ə bəl] adj. [ME < LL(Ec) inscrutabilis < L in , not + scrutari, to search carefully, examine: see SCRUTINY] that cannot be easily understood; completely obscure or mysterious; unfathomable; enigmatic SYN. MYSTERIOUS… …

    English World dictionary

  • 13 inscrutable — (in skru ta bl ) adj. Qui ne peut être scruté. •   Ce qui est, dit saint Augustin, plus inscrutable que quand il [Dieu] envoie, en cette vie, des maux aux gens de bien et des biens temporels aux méchants, NICOLE Essais, t. IV, p. 132, dans… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 14 inscrutable — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin inscrutabilis, from Latin in + scrutari to search more at scrutiny Date: 15th century not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood ; mysterious < an inscrutable smile > < inscrutable… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 15 inscrutable — inscrutability, inscrutableness, n. inscrutably, adv. /in skrooh teuh beuhl/, adj. 1. incapable of being investigated, analyzed, or scrutinized; impenetrable. 2. not easily understood; mysterious; unfathomable: an inscrutable smile. 3. incapable… …

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  • 16 inscrutable — in|scru|ta|ble [ınˈskru:təbəl] adj [Date: 1500 1600; : Late Latin; Origin: inscrutabilis, from Latin scrutari to search ] someone who is inscrutable shows no emotion or reaction in the expression on their face so that it is impossible to know… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 inscrutable — in|scru|ta|ble [ ın skrutəbl ] adjective if someone is inscrutable, it is impossible to understand what they are thinking or feeling from their expression or from what they say: Anna s face remained inscrutable and unsmiling. ╾… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 inscrutable — [[t]ɪnskru͟ːtəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED If a person or their expression is inscrutable, it is very hard to know what they are really thinking or what they mean. In some circumstances, it is important to keep a straight face and to remain inscrutable …

    English dictionary

  • 19 inscrutable — adjective someone who is inscrutable shows no emotion or reaction in the expression on their face so that it is impossible to know what they are feeling or thinking: an inscrutable smile inscrutably adverb inscrutability noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 inscrutable — UK [ɪnˈskruːtəb(ə)l] / US [ɪnˈskrutəb(ə)l] adjective if someone is inscrutable, it is impossible to understand what they are thinking or feeling from their expression or from what they say His face remained inscrutable and unsmiling. Derived… …

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