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insufferable

[in-suhf-er-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not to be endured; intolerable; unbearable: their insufferable insolence.
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Origin of insufferable

First recorded in 1525–35; in-3 + sufferable
Related formsin·suf·fer·a·ble·ness, nounin·suf·fer·a·bly, adverb
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Related Words

unbearabledetestabledistressingdreadfulimpossibleoutrageouspainfulunacceptableunspeakableinsupportableunendurable

Examples from the Web for insufferable

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  • Yes, it is insufferable cool, that's sartin; but it's time to expect it.

  • A look of anger and insufferable contempt was all Trover's reply.

    One Of Them

    Charles James Lever

  • You have been accustomed to talk to your village servants in a way that is insufferable.

  • It was remarkable, how this insufferable creature could make me understand everything.

    Debts of Honor

    Maurus Jkai

  • Of course she will, and they'll be precisely a part of the insufferable side of her life.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for insufferable

insufferable

adjective
  1. intolerable; unendurable
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Derived Formsinsufferableness, nouninsufferably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insufferable

adj.

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

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