intolerable

[in-tol-er-uh-buhl]

adjective

not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain.

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

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