un·bear·able | \ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl \

Definition of unbearable 

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

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unbearably \ˌən-ˈber-ə-blē \ 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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This failure, this regret and, actually, this neglect is haunting to the point of being unbearable, yet Sedaris’s brash and raw eloquence allows us to never linger too long in the darkness. Alan Cumming, New York Times, "David Sedaris Has a New Essay Collection. It Changed Alan Cumming’s Whole Worldview.," 25 May 2018 Whichever country finds the temperature getting unbearable first, will likely be the first to crack in a trade war. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "When Will Trade Battles End? Watch Economies, Not Politicians," 11 July 2018 Officials said the smell of urine in the home was unbearable and said feces had been smeared on the walls. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "More than 80 great danes seized from N.H. mansion will be available for adoption," 15 June 2018 Plane makes emergency landing after passengers vomit, faint from 'unbearable' smell of 'unwashed' man. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Samantha Bee wants to move on from her 'one bad word'; Kim's letter to Trump; Buzz for Holder 2020," 1 June 2018 Thank you for taking us into the hearts of parents suffering unbearable tragedy and doing so with tenderness, honesty, and respect. Ben Gladden, The Christian Science Monitor, "Readers write: Celebrating workers, the hearts of parents, libraries in danger, direction for White House," 19 May 2018 Until then, his family is struggling to come up with answers to what has become an unbearable mystery. Keith Bierygolick, Cincinnati.com, "He moved here from India searching for the American dream. Two months later, he was dead.," 10 May 2018 Farouk’s story is written in a graceful, formal third person, with an almost unbearable reserve. Margot Livesey, BostonGlobe.com, "Braiding lives of a Syrian refugee, a failed 23-year-old, and elderly accountant," 13 July 2018 Sometimes, what feels at first like unbearable loss is just translation: a new language, the same poem. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of April 2," 2 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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