[en-doo r-uh-buh l, -dyoo r-]
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Origin of endurable

First recorded in 1600–10; endure + -able
Related formsen·dur·a·bil·i·ty, en·dur·a·ble·ness, nounen·dur·a·bly, adverbnon·en·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·bil·i·ty, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·ble, adjectiveun·en·dur·a·ble·ness, nounun·en·dur·a·bly, adverb
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Contemporary Examples of unendurable

Historical Examples of unendurable

  • The thought that Rima had perished, that she was lost, was unendurable.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • On his first trips, the loneliness had been terrible, unendurable.

    Salvage in Space

    John Stewart Williamson

  • But stark fear and the memory of unendurable pain drove him on.

    Happy Ending

    Fredric Brown

  • Life will be unendurable with an Irish Parliament returned by priests.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • "Oh, I'm—it's unendurable in there," spoke the voice of the hostess.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

British Dictionary definitions for unendurable


  1. not able to be undergone or tolerated; insufferable
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Word Origin and History for unendurable

1620s, from un- (1) "not" + endurable. Related: Unendurably.



c.1600, "able to endure," from endure + -able. Meaning "able to be endured" is from c.1800. Related: Endurably.

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