Definition of irresistible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈzɪstɪb(ə)l/


1Too attractive and tempting to be resisted: he found the delicious-looking cakes irresistible
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  • A woman's rampant desires and irresistible attractiveness give her a power over men that even rivals God's.
  • No wonder Charlie finds him irresistible, though that attraction is something the film refuses to explore.
  • I will teach you to become the most graceful, flattering, attractive, irresistible lady at court.
tempting, enticing, alluring, inviting, seductive;
attractive, desirable, fetching, glamorous, appealing;
captivating, ravishing, beguiling, enchanting, fascinating, tantalizing
informal, dated come-hither
1.1Too powerful or convincing to be resisted: she felt an irresistible urge to object
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  • Unless I'm attacked by an irresistible urge to extravagance I don't buy flowers for the house any more.
  • Every generation of adults exhibits an irresistible urge to complain about the young.
  • That is the irresistible conclusion to be drawn from long-term trends like the household income data.
uncontrollable, overwhelming, overpowering, compelling, compulsive, besetting, irrepressible, ungovernable;
unavoidable, inescapable, unpreventable, inexorable, driving, forceful, potent, oppressive, imperative, urgent;



Pronunciation: /ɪrɪzɪstɪˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • Royalty must be like this too, in the irresistibility of its appeal, the tragedy of its legacy.
  • Rex Irwin, better placed than most to comment on creating an aura of irresistibility, calls him a ‘wonderful salesman’.
  • The irresistibility of others’ laughter has its roots in the neurological mechanism of laugh detection.




Late 16th century: from medieval Latin irresistibilis, from in- 'not' + resistibilis (from resistere 'resist').

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