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insupportable

[in-suh-pawr-tuh-buh l, -pohr-] /ˌɪn səˈpɔr tə bəl, -ˈpoʊr-/
adjective
1.
not endurable; unbearable; insufferable:
insupportable pain.
2.
incapable of support or justification, as by evidence or collected facts:
an insupportable accusation.
Origin of insupportable
1520-1530
From the Late Latin word insupportābilis, dating back to 1520-30. See in-3, supportable
Related forms
insupportableness, insupportability, noun
insupportably, adverb
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  • After my marriage, my old malady rose to an insupportable height.

  • The conversation was rapidly becoming insupportable to Artois.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • 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
  • By now I might have found existence insupportable, and so—who knows?

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
  • To her the idea of associating with a wild, and unruly character like this was insupportable.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • "You are insupportable, Peter Barrington," said she, rising in anger.

    Barrington Charles James Lever
  • She wished he could have come, for her loneliness began to be insupportable.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
  • 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

insupportable

/ˌɪnsəˈpɔːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
2.
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Forms
insupportableness, noun
insupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable
adj.

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

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