V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: impossible to be erased, removed, or washed away

Synonyms: permanent, enduring, indestructible, durable, established, unchangeable

Antonyms: adjustable, changeable

Tips: Indelible is derived from the Latin indelebilis, which literally means "not defaceable." Something that is indelible cannot be altered; it is permanent. Indelible is synonymous with enduring. Use indelible to describe something that is permanent or can not be washed away and is usually negative. Use enduring to describe something that lasts; usually something that is positive and survives through difficult times. You have probably heard of an indelible marker or indelible ink. An indelible marker has indelible ink that once applied can not be removed.

Usage Examples:

Because the child had written on her blouse in indelible ink, there was no way to wash out the stain. (permanent)

Because of his kindness and generosity, he left an indelible impression on everyone he met. (enduring)

I know exactly what happened that day; I have an indelible memory of it. (permanent, enduring)

Bobby was grounded for a week for writing on the wall with an indelible marker. (permanent)

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