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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There’s an unbearable lightness in telling a difficult truth, a freefall sense, a burden cast-off—perhaps traded eventually for new burdens—but in the moment of truth-telling, there’s power in choosing the words. Sarah Stankorb, Glamour, "Are Hashtags Like #MeToo and #BelieveWomen Hurting or Helping Survivors?," 15 Oct. 2018 Dyson Personal Cool: Most cities are now officially unbearable during the summer. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The World of 2045," 14 Oct. 2018 The beginning of the Netflix show's sixth season picks up soon after that and things for the Litchfield inmates have been unbearable, to say the least. Candice Frederick, Teen Vogue, ""Orange is the New Black" Season 6 Has the Women Striving for Peace and Community More Than Ever," 27 July 2018 Short as the individual lyrics are, the howling bill of imperialism is almost unbearable to read more than a few items a time. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 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

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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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