Impossibility

(Roget's Thesaurus)
<- N
PARAG:Impossibility->N
GRP: \\ N \\ 1
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ impossibility
impossibility
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ what cannot
what cannot
what can never be
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ sour grapes
sour grapes
Sgm: \\ N \\ 1 \\ hopelessness
hopelessness
&c. 859
PARAG:Impossibility->V
GRP: \\ V \\ 1
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ be impossible
be impossible
&c.->Adj.
Sgm: \\ V \\ 1 \\ have no chance whatever
have no chance whatever
GRP: \\ V \\ 2
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ attempt impossibilities
attempt impossibilities
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ square the circle
square the circle
wash a blackamoor white
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ skin a flint
skin a flint
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
make bricks without straw
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ have nothing to go upon
have nothing to go upon
Sgm: \\ V \\ 2 \\ weave a rope of sand
weave a rope of sand
build castles in the air
prendre la lune avec les dents
extract sunbeams from cucumbers
set the Thames on fire
milk a he-goat into a sieve
catch a weasel asleep
rompre l'anguille au genou
be in two places at once
PARAG:Impossibility->Adj
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 1
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ impossible
impossible
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ not possible
not possible
&c. 470
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ absurd
absurd
contrary to reason
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ unlikely
unlikely
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ unreasonable
unreasonable
&c. 477
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ incredible
incredible
&c. 485
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ beyond the bounds of reason
beyond the bounds of reason
beyond the bounds of possibility
beyond the realm of possibility
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ from which reason recoils
from which reason recoils
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ visionary
visionary
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ inconceivable
inconceivable
&c.(improbable) 473
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ prodigious
prodigious
&c.(wonderful) 870
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ unimaginable
unimaginable
inimaginable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 1 \\ unthinkable
unthinkable
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 2
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ impracticable unachievable
impracticable unachievable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ unfeasible
unfeasible
infeasible
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ insuperable
insuperable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ unsurmountable
unsurmountable
insurmountable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ unattainable
unattainable
unobtainable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ out of reach
out of reach
out of the question
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ not to be had
not to be had
not to be thought of
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ beyond control
beyond control
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ desperate
desperate
&c.(hopeless) 859
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ incompatible
incompatible
&c. 24
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ inaccessible
inaccessible
uncomeatable
impassable
impervious
innavigable
inextricable
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 2 \\ self-contradictory
self-contradictory
GRP: \\ Adj \\ 3
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ out of one's power
out of one's power
beyond one's power
beyond one's depth
beyond one's reach
beyond one's grasp
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ too much for
too much for
Sgm: \\ Adj \\ 3 \\ ultra crepidam
ultra crepidam

English dictionary for students. 2013.

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