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

Other Words from unforgivable

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

Examples of unforgivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Is Claire okay after her unforgivable experience with Lionel Brown? Lincee Ray, EW.com, 7 Mar. 2022 In Trump’s view, there are two unforgivable sins: Weakness and low energy. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 7 Mar. 2022 This is one of the 20th century’s unforgivable and unforgettable crimes. David Pryce-jones, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 Tazshy must spend the rest of the film atoning for his unforgivable inaction. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 The jury was tasked with a simple but impossible question: What does justice look like in the aftermath of a horrific accident, a grave mistake, an unforgivable act by an officer who has sworn to serve and protect? Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2021 How else to explain Sunday's unforgivable 26-11 loss to the Jaguars in Jacksonville, where the Colts amazingly haven't won since 2014? Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 With nothing but a notepad, a weathered Ocean City sweatshirt two sizes too big, and a mouth full of hoagie, Mare gets to the bottom of many Easttown crimes, occasionally committing her own unforgivable offenses in the process. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2021 To deliberately not bother would be unforgivable arrogance. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unforgivable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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“Unforgivable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforgivable. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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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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