un·​en·​dur·​able ˌən-in-ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce unendurable (audio)
: too unpleasant, painful, or difficult to accept or endure : not endurable : unbearable
unendurable suffering
… periods of unendurable stress and desperation.Oliver Sacks
ˌən-in-ˈdu̇r-ə-blē How to pronounce unendurable (audio)
an unendurably boring speech
unendurableness noun

Examples of unendurable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hélène finds the awkward response of her social circle unendurable; people mean well, but are terrified of saying the wrong thing. Catherine Bray, Variety, 4 Oct. 2023 How to endure the unendurable? Eric Weiner, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2020 Even so, the suspense will be almost unendurable. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Only then will Turkey be able to rebuild, not just in the physical sense but in the way someone rebuilds mental and emotional capacities after a long and increasingly unendurable incarceration. Christopher De Bellaigue, The New York Review of Books, 16 Mar. 2023 Long-lasting peace is unendurable to human beings, and tidal waves of disturbance have to be created in this state of peace... Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 19 Sep. 2013 The heat is unendurable, the work exhausting and deadly. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2022 When all of these ameliorations were completed, and the unendurable pain was relieved, the German broke into shamelessly grateful sobs. Cynthia Ozick, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 Her characters might suffer from a great many maladies but none more soul-draining than aesthetic poverty, none more unendurable than grayscale lives. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unendurable was in 1801

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“Unendurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unendurable. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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