un·​par·​don·​able | \ ˌən-ˈpärd-nə-bəl How to pronounce unpardonable (audio) , -ˈpär-dᵊn-ə-bəl\

Definition of unpardonable

: too bad to be pardoned or forgiven : not pardonable : unforgivable unpardonable behavior an unpardonable sin

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unpardonably \ ˌən-​ˈpärd-​nə-​blē How to pronounce unpardonably (audio) , -​ˈpär-​dᵊn-​ə-​blē \ adverb

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To many critics of the Trump administration, separating families is an unpardonable atrocity. Dara Lind, Vox, "The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained," 21 June 2018 Without a buyer, it was cut into at least 20 pieces, something one former De Beers executive called an unpardonable act. Fortune, "The Biggest Diamonds in the World," 17 Jan. 2018 The sin of poor comedic timing is almost an unpardonable one. Monica Castillo, New York Times, "Review: Two Unlikely Roommates Share Heartbreak in ‘Crash Pad’," 26 Oct. 2017 Donald Trump’s choice to run the Education Department has committed the unpardonable sin of devoting much of her fortune to helping poor kids escape failing public schools. WSJ, "Who’s Afraid of Betsy DeVos?," 17 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of unpardonable

1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpardonable was in 1525

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English Language Learners Definition of unpardonable

formal : too bad to be forgiven

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concealment of treason or felony

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