SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective not tolerable; unendurable; insufferable: intolerable pain. Origin of intolerable
First recorded in
1400–50; late Middle English
tolerable Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for intolerably Historical Examples of intolerably
She opened her eyes and moved suddenly, like one
To the west the forest was
intolerably bright, as if it was burning.
His ribs hurt him
intolerably; and his wrist, too, was painful.
Hence came the misery in the knowledge that she must have wounded Michael
I have kept the Duchess and Elsa an
intolerably long while on their journey to Artenberg. British Dictionary definitions for intolerably adjective more than can be tolerated or endured; insufferable informal extremely irritating or annoying Derived Forms intolerability or intolerableness, noun intolerably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intolerably 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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