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

Definition of unbearable

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

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Other Words from unbearable

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?
Recent Examples on the Web The itching was unbearable and the fear of infection started blossoming in my mind quicker than the rash itself. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "If Your Tattoo Breaks Out in a Rash, You Might Be Having an Allergic Reaction," 17 Jan. 2020 Hospitals ask you to describe your pain on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being unbearable. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "What Is the Meaning of Life?," 25 Dec. 2019 If All Else Fails, Wear a Blanket When the weather is unbearable and there’s hardly any motivation to leave the comforts of bed, sometimes the easiest solution is just to bring the bed with you. Alex Tudela, New York Times, "The Top 10 Styling Tips from the Men’s Shows," 29 Jan. 2018 After an unbearable five days of waiting, the bear spotted last weekend in a tree hanging over the tiger enclosure at an Apopka wildlife facility has climbed down from his perch. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "After 5 days, the Apopka bear has climbed down from tree hanging over tiger enclosure," 26 Nov. 2019 One fun thing After an unbearable departure — and a 16-hour flight from Washington, D.C. — Bei Bei has made it to his new home. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Democrats debate, Sondland's bombshell testimony, and Prince Andrew steps away from royal duties: The Morning Rundown," 21 Nov. 2019 But the complexities of each trip — the unbearable heat, language barriers, extensive travel time, limited vacation days and the cost — has taken its toll, Motaghedi said. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "Iranian families separated by Trump travel ban sue over waiver delays," 9 Nov. 2019 The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Megaplex: Here are the Houston arthouse movies showing Oct. 25-31," 24 Oct. 2019 Daemons are extensions of their human counterparts and can never stray too far away or both bodies will suffer unbearable emotional torment. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lin-Manuel Miranda gets a 'buddy-comedy' with Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unbearable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbearable.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbearably. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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