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[in-suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /ˌɪn səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
not endurable; unbearable; insufferable:
insupportable pain.
incapable of support or justification, as by evidence or collected facts:
an insupportable accusation.
Origin of insupportable
1520-30; < Late Latin insupportābilis. See in-3, supportable
Related forms
insupportableness, insupportability, noun
insupportably, adverb Unabridged
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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


incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Forms
insupportableness, noun
insupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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