in·​tol·​er·​a·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rə-bəl How to pronounce intolerable (audio) , -ˈtä-lə-rə-, -ˈtä-lər-bəl \

Definition of intolerable

1 : not tolerable : unbearable intolerable pain

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intolerability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌtäl-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce intolerability (audio) , -​ˌtä-​lə-​rə-​ , -​ˌtä-​lər-​ \ noun
intolerableness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈtäl-​rə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce intolerableness (audio) , -​ˈtä-​lə-​rə-​ , -​ˈtä-​lər-​bəl-​ \ noun
intolerably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈtäl-​rə-​blē How to pronounce intolerably (audio) , -​ˈtä-​lə-​rə-​ , -​ˈtä-​lər-​blē \ adverb

Examples of intolerable in a Sentence

She divorced him on the grounds of intolerable cruelty. this stifling heat is intolerable
Recent Examples on the Web The coldness of empty space is intolerable to human beings, and not just physically. Adam Kirsch, WSJ, "Our Quest for Meaning in the Heavens," 28 June 2019 While the law includes a nod to their concerns — the migrants are not allowed to settle in certain areas designated for indigenous people — protesters said the measure was still intolerable., "NEW DELHI — Protests broke out for a third day in northeastern India over the country’s new citizenship law, forcing the postponement of an upcoming summit between India and Japan.," 14 Dec. 2019 While the law includes a nod to their concerns — the migrants are not allowed to settle in certain areas designated for indigenous people — protesters said the measure was still intolerable. Washington Post, "India’s new citizenship law sparks anger and unrest," 13 Dec. 2019 The unequal outcomes should be seen as intolerable and a call to action, said Paul Reville, a former state education secretary and director of the Education Redesign Lab at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education., "College degree earning rates for Massachusetts high schools," 17 Nov. 2019 Maybe our perpetually-overcrowded airports and crumbling infrastructure are making the travel experience increasingly intolerable. Jay Willis, GQ, "Donald Trump Is Killing America's Tourist Game," 24 Jan. 2018 There was a horrific incident — intolerable incident — that happened at the shop this evening. Joelle Goldstein,, "Disturbing Footage Catches a Los Angeles Dog Rescue Store Employee Throwing Pup to the Ground," 14 Nov. 2019 The bombs can most certainly leave, and Turkey can remain as NATO’s intolerable black sheep—its status in the alliance being a problem for another day. Ankit Panda, The New Republic, "Why Are U.S. Nuclear Bombs Still in Turkey?," 15 Oct. 2019 Not offensive, not intolerable, just relentlessly bland — a vanilla concoction lacking anything approaching a bona fide sugar high. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "You’ll groove to the pop hits in this stage revival of ‘Footloose.’ And nothing else.," 11 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of intolerable

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intolerable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin intolerabilis, from in- + tolerabilis tolerable

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“Intolerable.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of intolerable

: too bad, harsh, or severe to be accepted or tolerated : not tolerable


in·​tol·​er·​a·​ble | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl How to pronounce intolerable (audio) \

Kids Definition of intolerable

: unbearable intolerable heat

Other Words from intolerable

intolerably \ -​blē \ adverb

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