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

Examples of unforgivable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The revelations surrounding the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal were disgusting, unforgivable. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "In troubled times, baseball ripe for better marketing," 17 Mar. 2020 An arid valley nestled within the Mojave Desert on the eastern border of California, the area is known for its scorching, unforgivable heat. Jessica Boddy, Popular Science, "Welcome to Earth, home to human-sized salamanders and skin-eating worms," 22 Apr. 2020 But failing to move aggressively, as a nation, to remediate this — that would be unforgivable. David Shaywitz, National Review, "We Know Less about COVID Than We Thought — We Need More Data," 17 Apr. 2020 And while that terrible situation sounds roundly unforgivable, pilots can face hard decisions about fuel that can really mean life or death for the people on their planes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "In the Middle of a Pandemic, a Boeing 787 Breaks Passenger Flight Records," 19 Mar. 2020 The Supreme Court ruling, however, strongly suggested that Johnson misled the queen about his reasons for suspending lawmakers’ work — which was, in the eyes of some critics, an unforgivable offense. Christina Boyle, Los Angeles Times, "Critics demand Boris Johnson’s resignation after Supreme Court ruling goes against him," 24 Sep. 2019 But siding with Democrats on whether the president should be removed would be unforgivable among Maine's rank-and-file Republicans, who are increasingly part of the Trump wing of the party, not the Collins wing. Author: Griff Witte, Anchorage Daily News, "Republican Sen. Susan Collins finds it’s lonely in the middle," 2 Feb. 2020 One amendment would have made the loan unforgivable, while the second cut its amount in half to $17.5 million and directed the other $17.5 million for loans to rural hospitals. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky House passes bill loaning U of L $35 million for Jewish Hospital acquisition," 12 Feb. 2020 To some—many, actually—that would be an unforgivable thing to do to your family. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Cate Blanchett: ‘There Is No Such Thing as a Perfect Parent’," 16 Aug. 2019

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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 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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