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[uhn-bair-uh-buh l] /ʌnˈbɛər ə bəl/
not bearable; unendurable; intolerable.
Origin of unbearable
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, bearable
Related forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb Unabridged
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  • Maybe the thought that the dead are lost to us was too unbearable.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • But things are unbearable just until we have them to bear; their possibility comes with them.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Her little curls were flying; and oh, most unbearable of all!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • I spoke of this to our old family friend, Meydieu, who was so unbearable.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • There was a time in my imprisonment, when my desire for vengeance was unbearable.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for unbearable


not able to be borne or endured
Derived Forms
unbearableness, noun
unbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbearable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + bearable. Related: Unbearably.

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