intolerable

adjective
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
2 : excessive

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Other Words from intolerable

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

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For some people, even a short spell of boredom can be intolerable: Recall the study that found some individuals would rather shock themselves repeatedly than sit alone in a room with their thoughts and do nothing. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "The surprising benefit of being bored at work," 1 July 2019 But the current impediment to cordial relations, and the reason nuclear weapons would be intolerable, is the regime. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "For Regime Change in Iran," 29 June 2019 Such figures as the United States Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, have drawn up a charge sheet of Chinese norms and practices deemed intolerable now that China is so large, and so competitive in so many fields. The Economist, "A fly-on-the-wall account of what China tells American bigwigs," 22 June 2019 In another age, interventions by a foreign head of even a friendly government in another country’s domestic affairs would widely be regarded as intolerable. Martin Farr, Quartz, "Donald Trump’s state visit is a sorry sign of the times for the UK," 4 June 2019 Uncertainty over the country’s future currency was intolerable to investors and mortally threatened Italy’s economy, so Mattarella nixed the appointment. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Italy’s Political Crisis Is Rattling Europe. Here’s What You Need to Know.," 30 May 2018 To aging male comedians, being left in the past seems intolerable. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 State public health officials inspected several correctional facilities this week after receiving complaints that prison temperatures had risen above 100 degrees during the recent heat wave and created intolerable conditions. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "Health inspectors visit prisons after receiving complaints about heat," 13 July 2018 The days are getting longer, the air is getting hotter, being at work is getting more intolerable — meaning, summer is almost upon us. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "The Song of the Summer Is Rudy Giuliani Getting Booed at a Yankees Game," 29 May 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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intolerable

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intolerable

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

intolerable

adjective
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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