intolerable

[in-tol-er-uh-buhl]

Origin of intolerable

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word intolerābilis. See in-3, tolerable
Related formsin·tol·er·a·bil·i·ty, in·tol·er·a·ble·ness, nounin·tol·er·a·bly, adverbqua·si-in·tol·er·a·ble, adjectivequa·si-in·tol·er·a·bly, adverbsu·per·in·tol·er·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·in·tol·er·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·in·tol·er·a·bly, adverb
Can be confusedintolerable intolerant

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intolerable

adjective
  1. more than can be tolerated or endured; insufferable
  2. informal extremely irritating or annoying
Derived Formsintolerability or intolerableness, nounintolerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intolerability
n.

1590s, from Late Latin intolerabilitas, from Latin intolerabilis (see intolerable).

intolerable

adj.

late 14c., from Latin intolerabilis "that cannot bear, that cannot be borne," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + tolerabilis "that may be endured," from tolerare "to tolerate" (see toleration). Related: Intolerably.

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