in·​suf·​fer·​able (ˌ)in-ˈsə-f(ə-)rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio)
: not to be endured : intolerable
an insufferable bore
insufferableness noun
insufferably adverb

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Example Sentences

I can't take any more of her insufferable arrogance. an insufferable bore whose only topic of conversation is himself
Recent Examples on the Web Both of Walt’s appearances here have instead played up his most insufferable qualities, giving you the worst version of Walter White — or at least the worst version who is not actively bringing physical harm to others. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 16 Aug. 2022 French assumptions of cultural superiority can be insufferable. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 Wayne’s challenge is to expose this dynamic without sounding embittered about it — to reveal Paul’s character without coming off as insufferable as Paul himself. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 But what if the insufferable heat had lasted months— or millennia? Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 Desplechin is a keen observer of human behavior, creating judgment-free zones in which to embrace even the most insufferable self-absorption. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 These elites may be insufferable at times, but no one deserves this. Peter Debruge, Variety, 21 May 2022 If screen time is any judge of character, the third eldest Bridgerton daughter must be an insufferable bore compared to her sisters, Daphne, Eloise, and Hyacinth. ELLE, 14 Apr. 2022 Mads Mikkelsen is here with the antidote to the increasingly insufferable Jared Leto method acting stories. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of insufferable was in the 15th century

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“Insufferable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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in·​suf·​fer·​able in-ˈsə-fə-rə-bəl How to pronounce insufferable (audio)
: impossible to bear
insufferable behavior

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