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Unintelligibility   Listen

Nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible.  Synonyms: incoherence, incoherency.
Incomprehensibility as a consequence of being unintelligible.

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"Unintelligibility" Quotes from Famous Books

... said unintelligible dialogue. For this unintelligibility there are two reasons-the chief one musical, the other literary. Though Strauss treats his voices with more consideration in "Der Rosenkavalier" than in his tragedies, he still so overburdens them that the words are distinguishable only at ...
— A Second Book of Operas • Henry Edward Krehbiel

... this book Bentham's peculiarities of style reach their highest development, and it cannot be recommended as light reading. Had Bentham been a mystical philosopher, he would, we may conjecture, have achieved a masterpiece of unintelligibility which all his followers would have extolled as containing the very essence of his teaching. His method condemned him to be always intelligible, however crabbed and elaborate. Perhaps, however, the point which strikes one most is the amazing simple-mindedness of the whole proceeding. ...
— The English Utilitarians, Volume I. • Leslie Stephen

... endeavored to pacify the infuriated mob. I shouted harshly, I brandished by bamboo in the air, I gesticulated, I whacked two men who came near me. At last they stopped, expecting me to speak. Only a look of stupidest unintelligibility could I return, however, and had to roar with laughter at the very foolishness of my position up on that stone. Soon the multitude calmed down and laughed, too. I yelled "Ts'eo," and we proceeded, leaving the Shans again at peace with all ...
— Across China on Foot • Edwin Dingle

... and ran my eye through the Will, which appeared, from its utter unintelligibility, to have been drawn on the strictest legal principles. So far as I could discover, however, it exactly bore out what my friend Vincey had told me on the night of his death. So it was true after all. I must take the boy. Suddenly ...
— She • H. Rider Haggard

... their struggle after a higher life made them the great orators they were. Their language came from profound depths of feeling. Often their very earnestness betrays them into what for later ages is unintelligibility. Only antiquarians now can understand how deeply the minds of the earlier centuries of the New Order, which saved progress from going down into the bottomless pit of classical decadence, were stirred by ...
— The World's Best Orations, Vol. 1 (of 10) • Various

... much on account of its consequences as on account of its essential unmeaningness and intellectual unintelligibility that I would invite you to reject this formula 'God is all.' Certainly, the Universe is an ordered system: there is nothing in it that is not done by the Will of God. And some parts of this Universe—the spiritual parts of it and particularly the higher spirits—are not mere creations ...
— Philosophy and Religion - Six Lectures Delivered at Cambridge • Hastings Rashdall

Words linked to "Unintelligibility" :   nonsense, bunk, intelligibility, meaninglessness, word salad, hokum, nonsensicality, unintelligible, incomprehensibility

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