[uhn-bair-uh-buh l]


not bearable; unendurable; intolerable.

Origin of unbearable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at un-1, bearable
Related formsun·bear·a·ble·ness, nounun·bear·a·bly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of unbearable

Historical Examples of unbearable

  • Maybe the thought that the dead are lost to us was too unbearable.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • But things are unbearable just until we have them to bear; their possibility comes with them.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Her little curls were flying; and oh, most unbearable of all!

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • I spoke of this to our old family friend, Meydieu, who was so unbearable.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • There was a time in my imprisonment, when my desire for vengeance was unbearable.

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for unbearable



not able to be borne or endured
Derived Formsunbearableness, noununbearably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unbearable

mid-15c., from un- (1) "not" + bearable. Related: Unbearably.

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