[ in-tol-er-uh-buhl ]
/ ɪnˈtɒl ər ə bəl /


not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain.

Nearby words

  1. into the drink,
  2. into thin air,
  3. intoe,
  4. intoed,
  5. intolerability,
  6. intolerable acts,
  7. intolerance,
  8. intolerant,
  9. intomb,
  10. intonaco

Origin of intolerable

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

Related forms
Can be confusedintolerable intolerant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for intolerable

British Dictionary definitions for intolerable


/ (ɪnˈtɒlərəbəl) /


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



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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