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intolerable

[in-tol-er-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈtɒl ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable:
intolerable pain.
2.
Origin of intolerable
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin intolerābilis. See in-3, tolerable
Related forms
intolerability, intolerableness, noun
intolerably, adverb
quasi-intolerable, adjective
quasi-intolerably, adverb
superintolerable, adjective
superintolerableness, noun
superintolerably, adverb
Can be confused
intolerable, intolerant.
Synonyms
1. unbearable, insupportable.
Antonyms
1. endurable.
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Examples from the Web for intolerably
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  • Five words usually sufficed,—five words that meant so much to him, and so little, so intolerably little to her.

    A Venetian June Anna Fuller
  • This evening they seemed to him intolerably confined and stuffy.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The place was intolerably dirty, and the smell of tobacco-smoke perfectly suffocating.

  • That paper, though clever, always seemed to him intolerably hifalutin'!

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • To the west the forest was intolerably bright, as if it was burning.

    If You Touch Them They Vanish Gouverneur Morris
  • We now rested a while from our labors, which had been intolerably severe.

  • He sprang to his feet, saying aloud, "I am intolerably anxious," and in a few headlong strides stood by the side of the bed.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • Hence came the misery in the knowledge that she must have wounded Michael intolerably.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • I was as intolerably filthy as any brat that ever came out of a sewer.

  • I have kept the Duchess and Elsa an intolerably long while on their journey to Artenberg.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for intolerably

intolerable

/ɪnˈtɒlərəbəl/
adjective
1.
more than can be tolerated or endured; insufferable
2.
(informal) extremely irritating or annoying
Derived Forms
intolerability, intolerableness, noun
intolerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intolerably

intolerable

adj.

late 14c., from Latin intolerabilis "that cannot bear, that cannot be borne," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + tolerabilis "that may be endured," from tolerare "to tolerate" (see toleration). Related: Intolerably.

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