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

Definition of intolerable 

1 : not tolerable : unbearable intolerable pain

2 : excessive

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Other Words from intolerable

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

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Yet the quasi-colonial status quo, which has robbed their government of initiative while putting them at the back of the line for federal attention, now seems intolerable. The Economist, "America has let down its Puerto Rican citizens," 12 Apr. 2018 For Ditko, who came under the influence of Ayn Rand’s objectivism in the early 1960s, his situation was an intolerable exploitation of creativity. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 There are immigration dramas on the border; there is a sudden vacancy on the Supreme Court that many find deeply ominous; there is intolerable suspense over what Robert Mueller might have turned up, or not. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Political Harassment Is for the Birds," 6 July 2018 Many consider this detainment just as intolerable as the previous policy, which still does not grant amnesty for immigrants who leave countries in crisis., "Here's How Celebrities Are Helping At The Border," 25 June 2018 Here again, the fullbacks seemed to play too high, placing an intolerable burden on the single holding midfielder. Jonathan Wilson,, "Germany Saves Its World Cup Life, But Champions Show Their Vulnerability," 23 June 2018 MacDowell plays her part with complicated grace, but her sons are unsalvageable, intolerable man-children. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Grief rips through family in ‘Love After Love’ with Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd," 19 Apr. 2018 And a culture that worships at the altar of plans will produce children that find intermissions, lulls, or even 10-week summer breaks just short of intolerable. Rachel Simmons,, "Why you should stop asking new graduates what they're doing next," 10 June 2018 But the zero-tolerance policy is itself intolerable, not to mention unconscionable and unnecessary. Will Bunch,, "'Never again'? 'Again' is happening right now on America's border. What will you do? | Will Bunch," 10 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of intolerable

: unbearable intolerable heat

Other Words from intolerable

intolerably \ -​blē \ adverb

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