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Feb 6, 2013
This week's theme
Words to describe people

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impetuous
uxorious
implacable
cantankerous
impudent

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implacable

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PLAK-uh-buhl, -PLAY-kuh-)

MEANING:
adjective: Impossible to pacify or appease.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin placare (to quiet or appease). Ultimately from the Indo-European root plak- (to be flat), which is also the source of fluke, flake, flaw, plead, please, supple, supplicatory, and archipelago. Earliest documented use: 1522.

USAGE:
"Big issues that pit a single, powerless individual against a vast, implacable adversary have inspired some of his most memorable novels."
Bill Sheehan; Grisham's Latest; The Washington Post; Oct 23, 2012.

See more usage examples of implacable in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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