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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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  • Ten couple, in either of the Randalls rooms, would have been insufferable!

    Emma Jane Austen
  • He will be odious, insufferable for all the world besides, except for me; and for me he will be heaven.'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It was insufferable, it was maddening, and it was all Marjorie's fault!

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • Loneliness, insufferable loneliness seemed to get a hold of her.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • "I call him an insufferable ass," Ralph said, on this particular evening.

    No Surrender! G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for insufferable


intolerable; unendurable
Derived Forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for insufferable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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