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[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈsʌf ər ə bəl/
not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable:
their insufferable insolence.
Origin of insufferable
1525-35; in-3 + sufferable
Related forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for insufferable
  • Canadians suffer from acute and insufferable political correctness.
  • Despite these insufferable conditions, prisoners on both sides coped as best they could.
  • What prevents him from becoming an insufferable goody-two-shoes is his brash side-of-the-mouth cheekiness.
  • The more he orates, the more he tightens his own noose, and the more the tenured professors will find him insufferable.
  • In that case, a prime minister who had come to think of himself as a war leader might quickly become insufferable.
  • At times he was a great companion and at others insufferable.
  • These sniping, kvetching dinner companions come across as an insufferable collection of overprivileged, feckless whiners.
  • If he is charismatic, he is also borderline insufferable.
  • No, she is not permitted except for when it may cause her an insufferable problem or difficulty.
  • One of his characters remarks that the hair alone makes a certain plebeian insufferable.
British Dictionary definitions for insufferable


intolerable; unendurable
Derived Forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufferable

early 15c., from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sufferable (see suffer). Related: Insufferably.

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