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intolerable

[in-tol-er-uh-buhl]
adjective
  1. not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain.
  2. excessive.
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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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Historical Examples of intolerability

  • He tried to stare back at her with the intolerability of the inhumanly inoculated.

    The Shriek

    Charles Somerville

  • If I were to measure my deserts by people's remembrance of me, I should be a prodigy of intolerability.


British Dictionary definitions for intolerability

intolerable

adjective
  1. more than can be tolerated or endured; insufferable
  2. informal extremely irritating or annoying
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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).

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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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