unendurable

adjective
un·​en·​dur·​able | \ ˌən-in-ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl How to pronounce unendurable (audio) , -ˈdyu̇r-, -en- \

Definition of unendurable

: too unpleasant, painful, or difficult to accept or endure : not endurable : unbearable unendurable suffering … periods of unendurable stress and desperation.— Oliver Sacks

Other Words from unendurable

unendurably \ ˌən-​in-​ˈdu̇r-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unendurable (audio) , -​ˈdyu̇r-​ , -​en-​ \ adverb
an unendurably boring speech
unendurableness noun

Examples of unendurable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The examples used are plucked out of sequence from a lifetime of pitting his body against the seemingly unendurable. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 And in keeping with the life-or-death importance given to most things in a 13-year-old’s world, the thought of having to miss the 4*Town concert for these dreamy-eyed superfans is unendurable. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2022 Somehow the unpredictable excitement, and sometimes almost unendurable boredom, of the Velvet Underground eludes Haynes—but perhaps that should not surprise us. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 Sometimes — as in Wafa’s case — waiting feels unendurable, and migrants buck against the helpless hours, months, and years. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 The book sounds, in summary, terrible: pretentious, self-serious, unendurable. Wyatt Mason, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 Sometimes — as in Wafa’s case — waiting feels unendurable, and migrants buck against the helpless hours, months, and years. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 Sometimes — as in Wafa’s case — waiting feels unendurable, and migrants buck against the helpless hours, months, and years. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, 29 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unendurable

1801, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2022

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“Unendurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unendurable. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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