Word of the Day

The word of today is:

adjective / in-SKROO-tuh-bul

What It Means

Inscrutable means “not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood.” It often describes what is mysterious or difficult to comprehend.

Example: The famously reclusive author remains an inscrutable figure even after the publication of some of her personal correspondence.

Definition of inscrutable

not readily investigated, interpreted, or understoos: MYSTERIOUS

  • an inscrutable smile
  • inscrutable motives

Other Words from inscrutable

inscrutability \ in-​ˌskrü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē  \ noun

inscrutableness \ in-​ˈskrü-​tə-​bəl-​nəs  \ noun

inscrutably \ in-​ˈskrü-​tə-​blē  \ adverb

Synonyms for inscrutable

Synonyms

  • arcane, 
  • cryptic, 
  • deep, 
  • enigmatic (also enigmatical), 
  • impenetrable, 
  • mysterious, 
  • mystic, 
  • occult, 
  • uncanny

INSCRUTABLE in Context

“Rosters were reconstructed by enlisting former NHLers, players from the KHL and other leagues in Europe and from the college ranks and major-junior level. There is enough of a mixture of guys who are a bit past their prime and others who are relatively unknown or waiting to be discovered to make the outcome more inscrutable than usual.” — Marty Klinkenberg.

The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), 5 Feb. 2022

Did You Know?

Scrutinizing the inscrutable may be futile: even close scrutiny can fail to decipher it. Scrutinizing the scrutable, on the other hand, is likely to yield some understanding.

All of these scrut- words have the same Latin root: scrutari, meaning “to search or examine.” While scrutiny, scrutinze, and inscrutable all prove themselves useful in everyday discourse, English speakers don’t tend to call much on scrutable, which functions as a synonym of comprehensible.

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