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[uhn-bair-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈbɛər ə bəl/
not bearable; unendurable; intolerable.
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, bearable
Related forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples for unbearably
  • Older people that do are either unbearably dull or lying about their own youthful activities.
  • Though my experience of your commentary is almost unbearably negative, one could extract a positive way forward from it.
  • It is a useful feature in poor countries where the diet might otherwise be unbearably bland and stodgy.
  • Twelve unbearably gifted students are sitting around the table, and they appreciate having such perimeters established.
  • It has made many tasks seem simple to me that, to others, were unbearably tedious and arduous.
  • And so the reader comes to feel, and fear, for the characters in a way that is almost unbearably tender.
  • The personal stories they told were sometimes unbearably painful.
  • Directed energy beams do not burn flesh, but they do create an unbearably painful burning sensation.
  • She merely seems arrogant, patronizing and unbearably smug.
  • The symbolism seems forced as well, and the film is often unbearably heavy-handed.
British Dictionary definitions for unbearably


not able to be borne or endured
Derived Forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbearably
mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + bear (v.) + -able. Related: Unbearably.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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