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


incapable of being endured; intolerable; insufferable
incapable of being supported or justified; indefensible
Derived Forms
insupportableness, noun
insupportably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insupportable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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