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Definitions for intolerable
ɪnˈtɒl ər ə bəlin·tol·er·a·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intolerable, unbearable, unendurableadjective

    incapable of being put up with

    "an intolerable degree of sentimentality"


  1. intolerableadjective

    Not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable.

  2. intolerableadjective

    Extremely offensive or insulting.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Intolerableadjective

    Etymology: intolerabilis, Lat. intolerable, Fr.

    If we bring into one day's thoughts the evil of many, certain and uncertain, what will be and what will never be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable. Taylor.

    His awful presence did the croud surprize,
    Nor durst the rash spectator meet his eyes;
    Eyes that confess'd him born for kingly sway,
    So fierce, they flash'd intolerable day. Dryden.

    Some men are quickly weary of one thing: the same study long continued in is as intolerable to them, as the appearing long in the same clothes is to a court lady. John Locke.

    From Param's top th' Almighty rode,
    Intolerable day proclaim'd the God. William Broome.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intolerableadjective

    not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable; as, intolerable pain; intolerable heat or cold; an intolerable burden

  2. Intolerableadjective


  3. Etymology: [F. intolrable, L. intolerabilis. See In- not, and Tolerable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Intolerable

    in-tol′ėr-a-bl, adj. that cannot be endured.—n. Intol′erableness.—adv. Intol′erably.—ns. Intol′erance, Intolerā′tion.—adj. Intol′erant, not able or willing to endure: not enduring difference of opinion: persecuting.—n. one opposed to toleration.—adv. Intol′erantly.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intolerable in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intolerable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of intolerable in a Sentence

  1. Meir Dagan:

    The risks involved in such a confrontation [with the U.S.] are intolerable.

  2. Rob Portman:

    It is intolerable that human trafficking - modern-day slavery - could occur in our own backyard, but what makes the Marion cases even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of their abusers.

  3. Kathleen Norris:

    Life is easier to take than you think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable.

  4. Charles Handy - The Age of Unreason:

    I like less the story that a frog if put in cold water will not bestir itself if that water is heated up slowly and gradually and will in the end let itself be boiled alive, too comfortable with continuity to realize that continuous change at some point may become intolerable and demand a change in behavior.

  5. Craig Drummond:

    If there's a change of government ... we think 50% of the industry will go into underwriting loss, it will definitely make life harder for all of us, but it will make it intolerable, I think, for some of the smaller and medium-sized players that don't have the scale.

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