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

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And then there’s a second set of abuses tailored specifically for our unforgivable bodies. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 The move was seen as an unforgivable act of betrayal which saw Cole end his seven-year association with Arsenal to join Chelsea, as many started to feel the power shift within London. SI.com, "Ashley Cole Enrages Arsenal Fans With Heartfelt Arsene Wenger Tribute on Social Media," 21 Apr. 2018 The question underpinning the season was whether wrestling would bring the friends back together, or whether Ruth’s behavior was ultimately unforgivable. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Love Story of Debbie and Ruth," 10 July 2018 What Mickelson did will be unforgivable to many who love the game for its strict adherence to rules and gentlemanly ethics. Tod Leonard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mickelson made dumb decision, but USGA's U.S. Open setup is a joke," 16 June 2018 Tampering with defense is, for obvious reasons, unforgivable in Israel. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018 But inviting the former president would mean inviting the current president too, or else risk an unforgivable snub. Constance Grady, Vox, "13 questions about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s big day, asked and answered.," 11 May 2018 When my parents were away, or simply out of earshot, my older brother would chase me down and pummel me for having made the unforgivable mistake of being born. The Cut, "What Aggression Really Means to Boys," 5 Mar. 2018 But to replace him with Turner Gill is rather unforgivable, and to guarantee Gill $10 million over five years was just arrogant business when he would've taken the job for much less. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Moose, Mahomes, Moore, Zenger out and the NBA in? | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018

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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

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unforgivably \ -​blē \ adverb unforgivably rude

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to deny responsibility for

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