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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web An old shoulder injury from his days at Jones County Junior College reared its head during the season, and the pain eventually became intolerable following South Alabama’s week 9 game against Arkansas State. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Finally healthy, South Alabama’s Travis Reed ready to ‘give it to God’," 5 Sep. 2019 Samantha, a student in a creative writing graduate program at a prestigious New England university, finds her simpering classmates intolerable, and with good reason. Michael Schaub, latimes.com, "In Mona Awad’s ‘Bunny,’ squad goals include Pinkberry, creative writing and murder," 11 June 2019 As long as the village vote supports deposed former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra – and the Bangkok elite continues to find his populism intolerable – future attempts to steady democracy will also fail. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "When the Going Gets Tough, Thailand’s Billions Get Going," 1 Apr. 2019 The Taliban control much of the country, cannot be defeated and the war’s toll on Afghans is intolerable. The Economist, "Trumped by the Taliban," 5 Sep. 2019 The planet could have thick clouds, like Venus, that would heat its surface to an intolerable degree. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Scientists say they found their first potentially habitable planet with water in its skies," 12 Sep. 2019 There’s this idea that victory is the natural state of affairs and defeat is the intolerable intrusion. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "David French, Sohrab Ahmari, and the Battle for the Future of Conservatism," 12 Sep. 2019 But horrified opponents say that project comes at an intolerable cost. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Turkey Is Moving Forward With Plans to Flood a 10,000-Year-Old City," 12 Sep. 2019 What Locke found intolerable was not Catholic theology per se but rather the agents of political subversion operating under the guise of religious obedience. Joseph Loconte, National Review, "The Need for a Revival of Lockean Liberalism," 11 Sep. 2019

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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
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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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