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

Definition of unpardonable

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

Other Words from unpardonable

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

Examples of unpardonable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is condemnable, despicable & unpardonable is his being subjected to [two] complaints. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 The hot team appears to be Tennessee, which has won three straight since its unpardonable sin of losing to the New York Jets, 27-24, in overtime Oct. 3. Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 28 Oct. 2021 The Dodgers have scored two or fewer runs in five of their 10 postseason games, but their latest display of futility was especially unpardonable. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Development of farmland by Japanese settlers led to statewide discrimination against the Japanese and ultimately to their wartime incarceration, one of the most unpardonable episodes in California, and American, history. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 23 July 2021 The opportunity to make millions has made gambling acceptable to sports leagues, which used to treat wagering on sports as an unpardonable sin. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2021 Conveniently, this rescues Sittenfeld’s Hillary from casting an unpardonable vote for an indefensible war. Nora Caplan-bricker, The New Yorker, 17 May 2020 To many critics of the Trump administration, separating families is an unpardonable atrocity. Dara Lind, Vox, 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, 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of unpardonable

1525, in the meaning defined above

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“Unpardonable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpardonable. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unpardonable

: too bad to be forgiven


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