I'm looking for a word that describes the feeling or situation you are in when you can't find words to describe something you experience. Similar to being speechless but more specifically in regard to seeing some sort of natural phenomenon that just blows you away. I'm working on a name for my film company and I want to tap into the idea that some things must be seen because words cannot properly describe them. Any help would be really appreciated.

Alternatively, is there some combination of roots that can be put together to form a new word?

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    Gobsmacked has probably already been taken. – Edwin Ashworth Aug 27 '15 at 22:57
  • 'sensory overload' comes to mind. – chasly - supports Monica Aug 27 '15 at 23:02
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    Why did you eliminate "indescribable" (synonym "unutterable") ? – Graffito Aug 27 '15 at 23:13
  • Are you looking for something like beyond reality ? – Graffito Aug 27 '15 at 23:58

I think the word you're looking for is either ineffable or euphoria (or a combination of both).

INEFFABLE: /ɪnˈɛfəb(ə)l/ too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

Via: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ineffable


EUPHORIA: /juːˈfɔːrɪə/ a feeling or state of intense excitement and happiness.

Via: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphoria

  • Please provide an action reference for where you are copying text from without attribution. – tchrist Aug 29 '15 at 23:44
  • Sure. Please hold on. – AndrewL64 Aug 29 '15 at 23:49

From the Oxford Dictionaries Online definition of transcendent, not from the OED:


beyond or above the range of normal or physical human experience

This word captures the sense that meaning is outside of one's reach. As a name for a film company, the name Transcendence Global Media (transcendenceglobalmedia.org) is already taken.

  • Please stop claiming things are from the OED that are not. Also please provide a proper reference and link. – tchrist Aug 29 '15 at 23:40
  • You’re welcome. It’s because we need to have any text that’s copied from elsewhere properly attributed; there are several meta posts about this. When I can find the original source people are quoting, I fill it in for them, but when I don’t know where they got something from, I have to ask. – tchrist Aug 30 '15 at 0:01

I would go with awed, perhaps some wouldn't consider this to be speechless but that is a fault of modern hyperbole.

Awed - Filled with awe or wonder

Likewise Gobsmacked was a fine answer

Gobsmacked — Utterly astonished; astounded

Flabbergast — Surprise (someone) greatly; astonish

Dumbstruck — So shocked or surprised as to be unable to speak (also called dumbstricken)

Nonplus — Surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react

Also, it is a fairly common thing now to whisper they should have sent a poet in a situation where you are at a loss for words.

  • Shocked is better than dumbstruck. Go with shocked. – user116032 Aug 30 '15 at 4:57

Such concept may be evoked by dreamlike.

Definition from dictionary.com:

  • a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
  • an object seen in a dream.
  • an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
  • an aspiration

Do I get a commission if I hit the nail on the head?


Bedazzled / bedazed

Enchantment / enchanted






Benefit performance

Bestill (to cause to be still)

Bethrall, bethralled, enthralled




Beyond the pale

Beyond compare

Sans pareil

Also try translating "sans pareil" from French to English, all those results look promising.


What about:

  • inexplicable
  • ineffable
  • aesthetic
  • dumb-founded
  • groping/fumbling for words
  • ravishing/exquisite

— and many more. However most of the words are used for positive end results.

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