519. Unintelligibility.

519. Unintelligibility.NOUN. unintelligibility; incomprehensibility, imperspicuity; inconceivableness, vagueness &c. adj.; obscurity; ambiguity &c. 520; doubtful meaning; uncertainty &c. 475; perplexity &c. (confusion) 59; spinosity; obscurum per obscurius [Lat.]; mystification &c. (concealment) 528; latency &c. 526; transcendentalism.

paradox, oxymoron; riddle, enigma, puzzle &c. (secret) 533; dignus vindice nodus [Lat.] {Horace—De Arte Poetica. 191. (See Phrases below) }; sealed book; steganography, freemasonry.

pons asinorum [Lat.], asses’ bridge; high Dutch, Greek, Hebrew; jargon &c. (unmeaning) 517.

VERB. be unintelligible &c. adj.; require explanation &c. 522; have a doubtful meaning, pass comprehension.

render unintelligible &c. adj.; conceal &c 528; darken &c. 421; confuse &c. (derange) 61; perplex &c. (bewilder) 475.

not understand &c. 518; lose, lose the clue; miss; not know what to make of, be able to make nothing of, give it up; not be able to account for, not be able to make either head or tail of; be at sea &c. (uncertain) 475; wonder &c. 870; see through a glass darkly &c. (ignorance) 491.

not understand one another; play at cross purposes &c. (misinterpret) 523.

ADJ. unintelligible, unaccountable, undecipherable, undiscoverable, unknowable, unfathomable; incognizable, inexplicable, inscrutable; inapprehensible, incomprehensible; insolvable, insoluble; impenetrable.

illegible, as Greek to one, unexplained, paradoxical; enigmatic, enigmatical, puzzling (secret) 533; indecipherable.

obscure, dark, muddy, clear as mud, seen through a mist, dim, nebulous, shrouded in mystery; opaque, dense; undiscernible &c. (invisible) 447.; misty &c. (opaque) 426; hidden &c 528; latent &c 526.

indefinite, garbled &c (indistinct) 447; perplexed &c. (confused) 59; undetermined, vague, loose, ambiguous; mysterious; mystic, mystical; acroamatic, acroamatical; metempirical; transcendental; occult, recondite, abstruse, crabbed.

inconceivable, inconceptible; searchless; above comprehension, beyond comprehension, past comprehension; beyond one’s depth; unconceived.

inexpressible, undefinable, incommunicable.

unpredictable, unforeseeable.

PHR. Obscurum per obscurius. [Lat.] {“Something obscure (explained) by something more obscure.” }.

Nec deus intersit nisi dignus vindice nodus. [Lat.] {Horace—De Arte Poetica. 191. “Never bring in a god unless there be a knotty point absolutely requiring such a solution.” (Advice to dramatic authors. Such an introduction was called a Deus ex machinâ [“A god in a machine” or “A god from a machine.”], i.e., one who interposes at a critical juncture to redeem a lost situation). }.

II faut être profond en termes clairs et non pas en termes obscurs. [Fr.] {Joubert“It is necessary to be profound in clear language and not in obscure language.” }.

Ut sæpe summa ingenia in occulto latent! [Lat.] {Plautus—Capteivei. I. ii. 62. “How often the greatest geniuses lie hidden in obscurity!” }.

Le mot de l’énigme. [Fr.] {“The answer to the riddle.” (The key to the puzzle. Solution of the mystery). }.

“Chaos of thought and passion, all confused; / Still by himself abused, or disabused; / Created half to rise, and half to fall; / Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; / Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled: / The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!” {Alexander Pope—An Essay on Man. Epistle II. L.13.}.

“A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins, justice ends?” {Edmund Burke—A Vindication of Natural Society.}.

“The lucrative business of mystery.” {Edmund Burke—A Vindication of Natural Society.}.

“Let not the conceit of intellect hinder thee from worshipping mystery.” {Martin Farquhar Tupper—Of Good in Things Evil. Of Reading.}.

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.” {Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wilde—The Picture of Dorian Grey. Ch. 2.}.

“How strange a paradox is true, / That men who lived and died without a name, / Are the chief heroes in the sacred lists of fame.” {Jonathan Swift—Ode to the Athenian Society. Ch. 12.}.

See also Evelyn Underhill on chaos and transformation as it relates to ‘The Dark Night of The Soul’ in Phrases for Change.

See also Evelyn Underhill on mortification, deprivation, persecution and ruin as it relates to ‘The Dark Night of The Soul’ in Phrases for Asceticism.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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