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 smallest amount of racial stress is intolerable—the mere suggestion that being white has a meaning often triggers a range of defensive responses…. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "The Wages of Whiteness," 8 Sep. 2020 Among the examples noted by Mr. Rothman: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock defined in clear terms the distinction between peaceful, productive protest and intolerable violence amid the very first signs of impending civil disorder. James Freeman, WSJ, "‘Why Aren’t You Calling These Riots?’," 4 Sep. 2020 All this from a player whose diminishing on-field play makes his off-field and damning locker room behavior intolerable. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Why the Browns should stay far away from former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas," 26 Aug. 2020 On Fox, Tucker Carlson griped about having to pronounce Harris’s first name right, as though this were an intolerable exercise in political correctness. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "Do V.P. Picks Matter?," 16 Aug. 2020 That document was limited, yes, and embodied an intolerable effort to shun ugly truths in its failure to mention slavery apart from the tortured language of the three-fifths compromise. Jabari Asim, The New Republic, "The Douglass Republic," 14 Aug. 2020 If the path was used on weekends, my days off, the noise was intolerable because of frequent landings and takeoffs. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Homes near airport are trouble; Trump’s NEPA plan won’t fix these big problems; RTD needs to reinvent itself; Let senators decide secretly (1/15/20)," 15 Jan. 2020 Apparently Lorenz commenting on this reality was intolerable to Srinivasan, who among other contributions to elevating the discourse offered bounties for memes attacking Lorenz and journalists in general. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Robinhood makes millions selling your stock trades … is that so wrong?," 8 July 2020 But worse, a significant minority of conservatives now view masks as an intolerable infringement of their liberty. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Massachusetts is an exception to America's coronavirus failure," 2 July 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 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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