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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.


  1. intolerable

    Intolerable refers to something that is unbearable, unendurable or unacceptable due to extreme discomfort, harm, or dislike. It can pertain to various aspects such as behaviors, attitudes, situations, conditions, or experiences.

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. H.L. Mencken:

    Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.

  2. Mike Bonin:

    The current situation is intolerable, and we must end it. Nobody deserves to live, or die, on the street ; and all Angelenos should be able to enjoy our neighborhoods, beaches, and parks, we can do better, and this program creates a model for bringing people together to house those in need and reopen our public spaces, using a humane and proven approach.

  3. Bernard Iddings Bell:

    To love is not a passive thing. To love is active voice. When I love I do something, I function, I give. I do not love in order that I may be loved back again, but for the creative joy of loving. And every time I do so love I am freed, at least a little, by the outgoing of love, from enslavement to that most intolerable of master, myself.

  4. Raoul Vaneigem:

    The organization controlling the material equipment of our everyday life is such that what in itself would enable us to construct it richly plunges us instead into a poverty of abundance, making alienation all the more intolerable as each convenience promises liberation and turns out to be only one more burden. We are condemned to slavery to the means of liberation.

  5. Giusi Nicolini:

    Mare Nostrum was an emergency solution to a humanitarian crisis, so closing it was a huge and intolerable step backward.

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