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 unforgivably (audio) , -​fȯr-​ \ adverb

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Dismal mismanagement of assets AND unforgivable arrogance - check. SI.com, "Washed: How Arsenal & the New York Knicks Became the Laughing Stocks of Their Player Markets," 16 July 2019 Harvard, after receiving news clippings about the case, called it an unforgivable omission that the student had not disclosed the crime and the punishment in her application. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "What leads Harvard to rescind admission? Racism, plagiarism – and killing your mom.," 18 June 2019 For Nilsa Fuentes, 51, who also joined the massive protests, the joke about hurricane victims was unforgivable. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico scandal stirs anger and memories of the difficult days after Hurricane Maria," 28 July 2019 There’s nothing to object to in Taddeo’s adherence to Maggie’s point of view; the teacher’s mistakes are legion, and most of them are unforgivable. Lauren Oyler, The New Yorker, "Sex in the Mirror," 10 July 2019 Apparently, for many on the left, that sin is unforgivable. Marc A. Thiessen, The Mercury News, "Thiessen: Joe Biden’s biggest problem? He doesn’t hate Republicans," 21 June 2019 To fall short in this effort would be unforgivable. Darren Shou, WIRED, "The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget," 12 June 2019 The worst and possibly most unforgivable misstep thus far? Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will There Be More Dragons in 'Game of Thrones'?," 12 May 2019 To act as though these women have casually chosen to abort that child on a whim is an unforgivable insult to every woman who has had to make that awful choice. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-Abortion Activists Are Still Defending Forced Birth with Debunked Science," 26 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of unforgivable

1548, in the meaning defined above

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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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