The concept of ineffable comes from a Latin word that means unspeakable and is used to refer to what cannot be explained with words . The ineffable, therefore, cannot be narrated or expressed .
It is worth mentioning that like terms such as inexorable or infallible, ineffable is a word that is formed by the prefix indicating denial and the concept efable which means you can put into words . By joining the term denial a new word is formed with the opposite direction: that which cannot be expressed.
In the following sentences we can find several uses of the term: "An ineffable fear seized his being when he realized that there was no way out", "When he entered the room, he found himself in an ineffable situation", "It is an ineffable achievement for our country that will be remembered for decades".
The concept, at present, is used in a more indefinite and generic sense . Ineffable is usually an adjective that applies to people or situations that are difficult to classify, explain or justify . Sometimes with a sense appreciative It can be used to express that something has been invaluable or impressive, which has made a real positive impression on us.
In a similar sense we can use the following example: "The ineffable lawyer was once again at the center of the controversy when he accused the journalist of being a gangster". It contains a consideration about a lawyer who, in principle, seems to be left with another definition or qualification. It is possible to think of prestigious, recognized or experienced lawyers, but when referring to an ineffable lawyer, it is not known exactly what one is talking about.
In turn, the concept can be used with a abstract connotation , as in the following example: “The ineffable charm of television violence”. In this case, the term is linked to existing difficulties in explaining why television violence attracts viewers. Violence, of course, is reprehensible and is condemned at the social level; However, for some unclear reason, when violence appears on TV it seems attractive and becomes entertainment. The ineffable, then, is related to how difficult it is to explain this situation .
The ineffable in the religious field
This concept has fallen into disuse in recent years, preferring others as inexpressible or unspeakable; However, in the religious field, above all, it is still heard.
It is common, for example, to be used to talk about the gifts God has given to people, trying to express that they are difficult to explain; It is also used to refer to issues faith related and the relationship that believers have with their God.
He is God! He is your Father and loves you with ineffable Love! The humility of the believer in the face of God's love is evidenced in the previous sentence; Feeling loved is something you can't express in words, but feeling it in the depths of your being.
It is worth mentioning that the church It teaches believers not to seek too many explanations for God's actions nor to try to understand that love and that relationship, since not everything has an explanation in this world. Rather, he instructs them that the only thing they should think about is to lavish to God the same love with which he blesses them, maintaining a correct and just action.