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Roget-categorie 519

4. Words relating to the intellectual faculties
4.8. Nature of ideas communicated

#519. Unintelligibility

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unintelligibilityincomprehensibility, imperspicuityinconceivableness, vagueness etc. adj. — obscurityambiguity etc. 520doubtful meaninguncertainty etc. 475perplexity etc. (confusion) 59spinosityobscurum per obscurius [Lat.]mystification etc. (concealment) 528latency etc. 526transcendentalism.
paradox, oxymoron riddle, enigma, puzzle etc. (secret) 533diagnus vindice nodus [Lat.]sealed booksteganography, freemasonry.
pons asinorum [Lat.], asses' bridgehigh Dutch, Greek, Hebrewjargon etc. (unmeaning) 517.


be unintelligible etc. adj. — require explanation etc. 522have a doubtful meaning, pass comprehension.
render unintelligible etc. adj. — conceal etc. 528darken etc. 421confuse etc. (derange) 61perplex etc. (bewilder) 475.
not understand etc. 518 lose, lose the cluemissnot know what to make of, be able to make nothing of, give it upnot be able to account for, not be able to make either head or tail ofbe at sea etc. (uncertain) 475wonder etc. 870see through a glass darkly etc. (ignorance) 491.
not understand one anotherplay at cross purposes etc. (misinterpret) 523.

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unintelligible, unaccountable, undecipherable, undiscoverable, unknowable, unfathomableincognizable, inexplicable, inscrutableinapprehensible, incomprehensibleinsolvable, insolubleimpenetrable.
illegible, as Greek to one, unexplained, paradoxicalenigmatic, enigmatical, puzzling (secret) 533 indecipherable.
obscure, dark, muddy, clear as mud, seen through a mist, dim, nebulous, shrouded in mysteryopaque, denseundiscernible etc. (invisible) 447misty etc. (opaque) 426hidden etc. 528latent etc. 526.
indefinite, garbled etc. (indistinct) 447perplexed etc. (confused) 59undetermined, vague, loose, ambiguousmysteriousmystic, mysticalacroamatic, acroamaticalmetempiricaltranscendentaloccult, recondite, abstruse, crabbed.
inconceivable, inconceptiblesearchlessabove comprehension, beyond comprehension, past comprehensionbeyond one's depthunconceived.
inexpressible, undefinable, incommunicable.
unpredictable, unforeseeable.


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