unpardonable

adjective

un·​par·​don·​able
ˌən-ˈpärd-nə-bəl,
-ˈpär-dᵊn-ə-bəl How to pronounce unpardonable (audio)
: too bad to be pardoned or forgiven : not pardonable : unforgivable
unpardonable behavior
an unpardonable sin
unpardonably
ˌən-ˈpärd-nə-blē
-ˈpär-dᵊn-ə-blē How to pronounce unpardonable (audio)
adverb

Examples of unpardonable in a Sentence

regards cruelty to animals as an unpardonable sin
Recent Examples on the Web Insulting you for complimenting him was unpardonable. Nicholas Ivor Martin and Jacobina Martin, oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2023 On their return one, with almost unpardonable stupidity, brought the young woman some sort of information as to the probable fate of her brother. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 27 June 2023 To fight it, the unpardonable crime. W.h. Auden, The New York Review of Books, 27 May 2021 In a nation whose story emphasizes progress and always moving forward, such a refusal was an unpardonable sin, a punishable lapse. Michael T. Bertrand, CNN, 16 Jan. 2023 In a time of war, laughter — even of the wryest kind — can feel like an unpardonable luxury. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 7 Oct. 2022 There are two unpardonable sins for a running back in the Ravens’ offense: fumbling and failing to pass block. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 12 Aug. 2022 That’s when he officially was nailed by MLB cops for betting on Major League games (including on his Reds) while managing, which violated what always has been the game’s unpardonable sin. Terence Moore, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 What is condemnable, despicable & unpardonable is his being subjected to [two] complaints. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpardonable was in 1525

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“Unpardonable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpardonable. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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