intolerable

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adjective in·tol·er·a·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rə-bəl, -ˈtä-lə-rə-, -ˈtä-lər-bəl\

Definition of intolerable

  1. 1 :  not tolerable :  unbearable intolerable pain

  2. 2 :  excessive

intolerability

play \(ˌ)in-ˌtäl-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌtä-lə-rə-, -ˌtä-lər-\ noun

intolerableness

play \(ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rə-bəl-nəs, -ˈtä-lə-rə-, -ˈtä-lər-bəl-\ noun

intolerably

play \(ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rə-blē, -ˈtä-lə-rə-, -ˈtä-lər-blē\ adverb

Examples of intolerable in a sentence

  1. She divorced him on the grounds of intolerable cruelty.

  2. this stifling heat is intolerable

Origin and Etymology of intolerable

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


First Known Use: 15th century


INTOLERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

intolerable

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adjective in·tol·er·a·ble \(ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rə-bəl, -ˈtä-lə-rə-, -ˈtä-lər-bəl\

Definition of intolerable for English Language Learners

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


INTOLERABLE Defined for Kids

intolerable

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adjective in·tol·er·a·ble \in-ˈtä-lə-rə-bəl\

Definition of intolerable for Students

  1. :  unbearable intolerable heat

intolerably

\-blē\ adverb


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