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 :not tolerable :unbearable
  • intolerable pain

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

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Origin and Etymology of intolerable

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


INTOLERABLE Defined for English Language Learners

intolerable

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adjective

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

:unbearable
  • intolerable heat

intolerably

\-blē\ adverb


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