un·​bear·​able ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio)
: not bearable : unendurable
unbearable pain
unbearably 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?
Recent Examples on the Web Some common sounds that are unbearable to people with hyperacusis are water running in a sink and people having a conversation. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2024 If the itch is unbearable, pharmacists can provide prescription-strength anti-itch lotions or antihistamines. Divya Murthy, Detroit Free Press, 24 May 2024 To continue now would embarrass everyone involved to an unbearable extent. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 16 May 2024 Christmas in July promises to take us away from the unbearable heat of summer and whisks us off to the magical world of endless cocoa, snowflakes, tree decorating, Santa hats, and Christmas festivals for the entire month. Staff Author, Southern Living, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for unbearable 

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unbearable was in the 15th century

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“Unbearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbearable. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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un·​bear·​able ˌən-ˈbar-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio)
: greater than can be borne
unbearable pain
unbearably adverb

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