irresistible Definition

  • 1too attractive and tempting to be resisted
  • 2impossible to resist or refuse

Using irresistible: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "irresistible" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The smell of freshly baked cookies was irresistible.

  • Example

    She found him absolutely irresistible.

  • Example

    The offer was too good to be resisted.

  • Example

    The temptation to eat the cake was irresistible.

irresistible Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using irresistible

  • a situation where two opposing forces are equally matched and neither can overcome the other


    The negotiations between the two countries were like a resistible force meeting an immovable object.

  • a temptation that can be resisted


    Although the cake looked delicious, it was a resistible temptation for her.

  • a charm that can be resisted


    Despite his irresistible charm, she managed to say no to his advances.

Phrases with irresistible

  • a force that cannot be stopped or resisted


    The hurricane was an irresistible force that caused widespread destruction.

  • an extremely appealing or attractive quality


    Her irresistible charm made her very popular among her colleagues.

  • a strong and uncontrollable desire to do something


    He felt an irresistible urge to jump into the water.

Origins of irresistible

from Latin 'in-' meaning 'not' + 'resistere' meaning 'to resist'


Summary: irresistible in Brief

The adjective 'irresistible' [ˌɪrɪˈzɪstəbl] describes something that is too attractive or tempting to be resisted. It can refer to physical or emotional appeal, as in 'She found him absolutely irresistible.' 'Irresistible' can also be used in phrases like 'irresistible force,' which denotes an unstoppable force, and 'irresistible charm,' which refers to an extremely appealing quality. The idiomatic expression 'resistible temptation' is the opposite of 'irresistible temptation,' meaning a temptation that can be resisted.

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