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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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  • They succeeded, becoming prosperous, and piety mingled with smugness made the whole family insufferably sententious.
  • At times he was insufferably pompous, but he was good fun.
  • The moralising is insufferably trite, and unrelieved by a single spark of humour.
  • And all hail the engineer, who managed to make the sound rich and full without being insufferably loud.
  • Money is still the root of all evil-and of insufferably dull movie plots.
  • The caves can in consequence become insufferably crowded.
  • The only thing more insufferably obnoxious than a former smoker may be a fresh convert to soccer.
  • He's not the kind of pompous that's insufferably, eternally serious, thank goodness.
  • Upper rooms proved to be insufferably hot during the summer, making them unusable.
  • Such a house could be miserably cold in winter and insufferably hot in summer.
British Dictionary definitions for insufferably


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



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

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