un·​for·​giv·​able ˌən-fər-ˈgi-və-bəl How to pronounce unforgivable (audio)
: 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
unforgivably adverb

Examples of unforgivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people are unfortunately using the ruthless and unforgivable act of Hamas to justify equally ruthless and unforgivable acts of the IDF. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2023 The history books can hold only so many words, and years from now, the unforgivable behavior of lesser political figures like Tim Scott will long be forgotten. Christian Schneider, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 To endanger the lives and property of many motorists around me, even if the systems had worked perfectly, would be unforgivable. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2024 The people in this song are repellent, selfish, and utterly unforgivable. Rob Long, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 But the Israeli public considered the government’s failure to foresee the war’s outbreak unforgivable, and the government was compelled to launch a broad investigation into its own failures. Uri Kaufman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2023 The hard core malfeasance is unforgivable and the current Israeli genocide on top of all the other crimes, a game changer, The victimhood card has expired. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 On the other hand, some comments from his caretakers bordered on the unforgivable. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2023 But the most unforgivable is Jean’s final nude appearance, imagined by Oppenheimer’s wife, Kitty (Emily Blunt), during Oppenheimer’s hearing. Maya Phillips, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unforgivable was in 1548

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“Unforgivable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unforgivable. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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