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[ in-tol-er-uh-buhl ]


  1. not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable:

    intolerable pain.

    Synonyms: insupportable, unbearable

    Antonyms: endurable


/ ɪnˈtɒlərəbəl /


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

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Derived Forms

  • inˈtolerably, adverb
  • inˌtoleraˈbility, noun

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Other Words From

  • in·toler·a·bili·ty in·toler·a·ble·ness noun
  • in·toler·a·bly adverb
  • quasi-in·toler·a·ble adjective
  • quasi-in·toler·a·bly adverb
  • super·in·toler·a·ble adjective
  • super·in·toler·a·ble·ness noun
  • super·in·toler·a·bly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of intolerable1

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word intolerābilis. See in- 3, tolerable

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Example Sentences

Millions across the globe suffered from unfair policies, unsafe conditions, and intolerable mistreatment, often in exchange for inexcusably low pay.

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The whole intolerable spectacle — an ironic, spiritually deflating take on the sublimity of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel — is complemented by booming audio.

Batali and Bastianich permitted an intolerable work environment and allowed shameful behavior that is inappropriate in any setting.

There’s something about the sound they make when buzzing up close to your ear and that uniquely maddening itching sensation they cause that makes them intolerable.

He carried the letter around in his pocket to show to family and friends as proof of his father’s intolerable bullying.

When the problem is already political, when the intolerable situation is the status quo?

“My personal life had basically reached a dead end and the pressures on me were intolerable,” he says.

It also must have diminished significantly the CGI budget, as well as removed an intolerable amount of background noise.

A joke rapper is one thing, but a bad joke rapper is intolerable.

Like action thrillers, they provide almost intolerable excitement, brushing you up against danger.

It combats ennui, lassitude, and intolerable vacuity, soothing the nerves and diverting attention from self.

To make my position more intolerable, I am persona non grata with both sides.

Rain storms, hot winds, sweltering intervals of intolerable heat—these were vagaries of nature and might be endured.

They pay the penalty in that late—sometimes not so late—intolerable maddening ennui.

Age asks with timidity to be spared intolerable pain; youth, taking fortune by the beard, demands joy like a right.


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