un·​for·​giv·​able | \ ˌən-fər-ˈgi-və-bəl How to pronounce unforgivable (audio) , -fȯr- \

Definition of unforgivable

: too bad to be forgiven : not forgivable an unforgivable crime/sin/error Such boldness on the part of a man of my own class would have been almost unforgivable.— Jack London

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unforgivably \ ˌən-​fər-​ˈgi-​və-​blē How to pronounce unforgivable (audio) , -​fȯr-​ \ adverb

Examples of unforgivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many left-leaning and moderate voters, such as myself — particularly those with school-age children — this has proven to be an unforgivable mistake considering the downside risks associated with closures. Paymon Rouhanifard, Time, "Blue States Are Failing Their Students by Not Reopening Schools. Here's How They Got It So Wrong," 12 Apr. 2021 Unfortunately, judging by its first two episodes, the podcast commits the unforgivable sin of being boring. David Klion, The New Republic, "How Did Obama and Bruce Springsteen Make Such a Bland Podcast?," 3 Mar. 2021 Investigations continue to identify & prosecute this great tragedy & unforgivable mistake. Haley Ott, CBS News, "Iran says U.S. bears blame for Iranian forces shooting down plane," 15 Jan. 2020 That Creighton failed to recognize that immediately and dig deeper into what the players felt that night is unforgivable. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Creighton shows priorities shamefully skewed in dragging its feet on suspending Greg McDermott," 5 Mar. 2021 But to be outshone by a mere actor…that was unforgivable. Molly Jong-fast, The New York Review of Books, "What the FBI Had on Grandpa," 21 Feb. 2021 But by the time Bud dies, two years later, Tully has done something so unforgivable that Kate believes there is no repairing their relationship. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "The Ending of 'Firefly Lane,' Explained," 9 Feb. 2021 The excuse-making for his line about POWs and liking people who didn’t get caught was unforgivable. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "A Final Assessment of the Trump Presidency, and the Path Forward," 17 Jan. 2021 The irresponsibility of their behavior is unforgivable. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: The storming of the Capitol, the presidential election results," 7 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of unforgivable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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20 Apr 2021

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“Unforgivable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforgivable. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unforgivable

: so bad that it can never be forgiven


un·​for·​giv·​able | \ ˌən-fər-ˈgi-və-bəl \

Kids Definition of unforgivable

: not to be forgiven or pardoned an unforgivable crime

Other Words from unforgivable

unforgivably \ -​blē \ adverb unforgivably rude

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