un·​bear·​able | \ ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio) \

Definition of unbearable

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

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unbearably \ ˌən-​ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unbearably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unbearable in a Sentence

We were in an almost unbearable state of excitement. this heat is unbearable—when are we going to get air-conditioning?

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Still, consumer advocates are concerned the costs may be unbearable for some ratepayers. Rebecca Smith, WSJ, "California Girds for Higher Power Prices From PG&E After Fires," 13 Dec. 2018 Ortega’s strongman government kept in check the kind of gangland crime that has made life unbearable for millions in the Northern Triangle region comprising El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Maria Verza, The Seattle Times, "In Nicaragua, political violence spurs migration," 25 Oct. 2018 What starts out as a nightmarish, nearly unbearable exploration of grief and death and mourning then shifts gears into a demonic-cult genre film. Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Is Hereditary Really As Scary As Everyone Says?," 11 June 2018 Today's daily dose of unbearable cuteness comes to you in the form of this itty bitty lion who just wants to roar. Michelle Profis, Country Living, "Watch the World's Tiniest Lion Make the World's Tiniest Roar," 25 Sep. 2015 Even when your days feel unbearable, the evening will come, and the flowers will bloom in the dark. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of June 11," 11 June 2018 What is clear is that vulvodynia can lead to unbearable burning, throbbing, itching, stinging, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Of course, the audience knows in advance that this has to be the outcome, but Griffith’s technique works nonetheless, pushing the action to an unbearable height of tension. Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018 Never mind the cost overruns and unbearable noise levels: The Concorde was grounded in 2003 above all because burning more fuel to fly faster wasn’t worth it for airlines—at least not at fares passengers were willing to pay. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Airbus Shows Danger of Wanting It Bigger and Faster," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unbearable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unbearable

: too bad, harsh, or extreme to be accepted or endured : not bearable


un·​bear·​able | \ ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unbearable

: seeming too great or too bad to put up with There was a long, unbearable silence.— Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer

Other Words from unbearable

unbearably \ -​blē \ adverb an unbearably long story

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