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irresistible

Line breaks: ir|re¦sist|ible
Pronunciation: /ɪrɪˈzɪstɪb(ə)l
 
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Definition of irresistible in English:

adjective

1Too attractive and tempting to be resisted: he found the delicious-looking cakes irresistible
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1Too powerful or convincing to be resisted: she felt an irresistible urge to object
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
uncontrollable, overwhelming, overpowering, compelling, compulsive, besetting, irrepressible, ungovernable;
unavoidable, inescapable, unpreventable, inexorable, driving, forceful, potent, oppressive, imperative, urgent;
obsessive

Origin

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

Derivatives

irresistibility

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈbɪlɪti/
noun
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.

irresistibly

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • One piece of evidence is the sense of frenzy about real estate, which irresistibly brings to mind the stock frenzy of 1999.
  • They are semi-acoustic but very, and irresistibly, danceable.
  • There was something heroic in her blinkered self-belief, and for all her dislikeable qualities, audiences were irresistibly drawn to her.

Words that rhyme with irresistible

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