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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But thinking of Jenny’s last moments was unbearable. Aubrey Whelan, https://www.inquirer.com, "Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.," 6 June 2019 But summer—and its unbearable humidity—also brings out the worst of long, swampy days. Glamour, "37 Fresh Ways to Wear a Ponytail This Summer," 29 May 2019 My pain, which had been considerable, became unbearable. Nancy Richardson Fischer, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Power of Not Naming My Disorder," 3 Dec. 2018 Watching someone quietly weep as their mind races through the possibility of a life-threatening condition became unbearable. Fox News, "Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on," 27 Sep. 2018 These departures are generally not caused by crushing bias in the workplace that eventually becomes unbearable. WSJ, "There Are Many Obstacles for STEM-Trained Women," 19 July 2018 Following the adoption of the citizenship law in 1982 that excluded Rohingya as an ethnic group, the persecution of my people became unbearable. U Kyaw Hla Aung, Time, "Championing Rohingya Rights in Myanmar Cost Me 12 Years in Prison. It’s a Price Worth Paying," 24 Apr. 2018 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

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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