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insufferable

[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l] /ɪnˈsʌf ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable:
their insufferable insolence.
Origin of insufferable
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35; in-3 + sufferable
Related forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
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  • Dirty Dick had always been insufferably dull, pompous, and didactic.

    The Hill Horace Annesley Vachell
  • Gould, who was a bad shot, had bagged five couple, and patronised him insufferably.

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  • She has insisted on it, so that she has put the idea into your head that I am insufferably pushing.

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  • My forehead, eyebrows, and the bridge of my nose were insufferably painful.

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  • If it had not been for Taffy, it would have been insufferably dull.

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  • How insufferably miserable and degrading was the life he led!

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  • "The boy is so insufferably self-satisfied," she explained, weakly.

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  • She found Dieppe insufferably hot, and ridiculously over-rated.

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  • This inaction was horrible,—this place wearied him insufferably.

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British Dictionary definitions for insufferably

insufferable

/ɪnˈsʌfərəbəl/
adjective
1.
intolerable; unendurable
Derived Forms
insufferableness, noun
insufferably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufferably

insufferable

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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