Wednesday Wordage – Ineluctable

The weekly word. The section of the blog where I choose a word, define it, and give examples.



Say: in-i-luhk-tuh-buh l

Definition: unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable.

First known use: early 17th century

Origin: from Latin ineluctabilis, from in- ‘not’ + eluctari ‘struggle out’.

Synonyms include: inescapable, inevitable, unavoidable.

Antonyms include: avoidable, evadable, uncertain.

My usage:

The river pulses
Ineluctably through
Cracks in tiring stone.

Usage examples:

‘…ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes.’

– Ulysses, James Joyce

‘Jack was sure of it; his exhausted spirit had surrendered utterly to an ineluctable despair.’

– My Lord Duke, E. W. Hornung

Are there any words that you love? They don’t have to be complicated, just drop me a comment and tell me what word and why. I love hearing from you all.

Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “Wednesday Wordage – Ineluctable

  1. I love the word ‘aubade’, it’s the complete opposite of nocturne! It’s a musical composition that’s sung at the dawn, in the olden days lovers would sing to each other when they parted in the morning and I think that’s how the aubade originated.

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  2. slapdash – hasty, haphazard (I wore a slapdash ponytail to the grocery.)
    coalesce – to unite, blend, or come together (What poems do, eventually.)
    cherry-pick – take the best, leave the rest (When we got a big box of candy, Mom would say “Don’t cherry-pick the creams and leave all the jellies!”)
    overzealous – excessively enthusiastic, eager, fervent (What I was about cherry-picking the creams and leaving the jellies)
    All of these words were used in a poem I have under construction today 🙂

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