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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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 Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Can't Men Like Louis C.K. Accept Their Ideas Are Outdated?," 4 Jan. 2019 State public health officials inspected several correctional facilities this week after receiving complaints that prison temperatures had risen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 The classic thinking holds that most people will let five people die rather than pull the lever, because the thought of deliberately killing one person — even to save five others — is intolerable to anyone with an ounce of empathy. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "People Aren’t As Morally Superior As They Think They Are," 21 June 2018 There was something intolerable to them about having an ally turn into a skeptic. Washington Post, "Ohio Senate race is a window into how NRA uses its influence," 5 Mar. 2018 Truth be told, that world never quite existed, and the mansion on the Rue de Monceau was always a refuge from an intolerable reality. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 Just as some clothing manufacturers fit certain body types better, some companies' helmet shapes will feel custom-molded while others can create pressure points around your head—irritating for a commute, and intolerable on a road trip. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How I Found My Favorite Motorcycle Helmet," 9 Nov. 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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