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

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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 Cassie’s refusal to forget is more threatening: a constant, unendurable rebuke to those around her. New York Times, "Emerald Fennell’s Dark, Jaded, Funny, Furious Fables of Female Revenge," 17 Dec. 2020 The heat was nearly unendurable, but that wasn’t the problem so much as the point. Leslie Jamison, New York Times, "Is It Strange to Say I Miss the Bodies of Strangers?," 22 Sep. 2020 At that moment, the thought of renouncing the consolation of getting tipsy seemed unendurable. Susan Gubar, New York Times, "Raising a Glass to Chronic Disease," 10 Mar. 2020 Widows are supporting families gutted by losses that once seemed unendurable, and that the world now treats as routine. Hwaida Saad, BostonGlobe.com, "Finding freedom in a Syria of ever fewer men," 19 Jan. 2020 President Bush was irrelevant to the indictment but faced an unendurable weekend of hostile press. C. Boyden Gray, WSJ, "Bush’s Proud Domestic Legacy," 4 Dec. 2018 To feel the net of the law closing in on him slowly—the stress must have been absolutely unendurable. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The True Story of “A Very English Scandal” and the Trials of a Closeted Gay Politician," 27 June 2018 Their ability to endure the seemingly unendurable is simply amazing. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 An unnamed actor played by Nicolas Duvauchelle, this one has it all—narcissism, fatuousness, self-doubt and a gift for talking about himself at unendurable length. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Let the Sunshine In’ Review: The Infinite Allure of Mr. Wrong," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unendurable

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Unendurable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unendurable. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unendurable

: too unpleasant, painful, etc., to accept or endure

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