un·​bear·​able | \ ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio) \

Definition of unbearable

: not bearable : unendurable unbearable pain

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unbearably \ ˌən-​ˈber-​ə-​blē How to pronounce unbearable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unbearable in a Sentence

We were in an almost unbearable state of excitement. this heat is unbearable—when are we going to get air-conditioning?
Recent Examples on the Web Her home was unbearable without air conditioning or gas for a generator. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 In the midst of their unbearable grief, Singh’s family is focused on remembering him as a hero, both in his last moments and throughout his life. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 June 2021 Those who do face high fines that can be unbearable. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 The show can’t help but pan to shots of the two eating, leaving viewers glued to unbearable mouth-centric tension. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Through it all, the most indelible aspect for anybody who lived through that month: the oppressive, nearly unbearable dread that the United States and the Soviet Union were moving inexorably toward full-scale nuclear war. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2021 The unbearable tension of the trial was replaced with a mix of release, shock, ecstasy, optimism, joy, caution and schadenfreude. Clyde Mcgrady, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 The dangers that seemed so distant become deeply personal and nearly unbearable. Rebekah Denn, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Apr. 2021 The emotional and mental toll on everyone in the pandemic has been palpable and nearly unbearable for some. Tiffany Leigh, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unbearable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unbearable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unbearable. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unbearable

: too bad, harsh, or extreme to be accepted or endured : not bearable


un·​bear·​able | \ ˌən-ˈber-ə-bəl How to pronounce unbearable (audio) \

Kids Definition of unbearable

: seeming too great or too bad to put up with There was a long, unbearable silence.— Blue Balliett, Chasing Vermeer

Other Words from unbearable

unbearably \ -​blē \ adverb an unbearably long story

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