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insupportable

[in-suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /ˌɪn səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
adjective
1.
not endurable; unbearable; insufferable:
insupportable pain.
2.
incapable of support or justification, as by evidence or collected facts:
an insupportable accusation.
Origin of insupportable
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin insupportābilis. See in-3, supportable
Related forms
insupportableness, insupportability, noun
insupportably, adverb
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  • But the thought of interfering with the design of God will be impious, insupportable.

    The Silent Isle Arthur Christopher Benson
  • The conversation was rapidly becoming insupportable to Artois.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • All these gladiators glistening with oil felt in the bottom of their souls an insupportable wretchedness.

    Child of a Century, Complete Alfred de Musset
  • His soul was in a tumult, and he was driven on by fears that were all but insupportable.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Oh, the odor of the flowers is insupportable, and she is so giddy and faint.

    Ten Tales Franois Coppe
  • By now I might have found existence insupportable, and so—who knows?

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • You have had too much excitement, and the odors here are insupportable.

  • Whatever did not flatter my vanity, was to me insupportable.

    The Autobiography of Madame Guyon Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
British Dictionary definitions for insupportable

insupportable

/ˌɪnsəˈpɔːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
2.
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Forms
insupportableness, noun
insupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable
adj.

1520s, from French insupportable (14c.) or directly from Late Latin insupportabilis, from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + Latin supportare "to carry" (see support).

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