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See also: intolérable



From Middle French intolerable, from Latin intolerabilis


intolerable (comparative more intolerable, superlative most intolerable)

  1. Not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable.
  2. Extremely offensive or insulting.
    • 1971, William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead, page 4
      It is an intolerable sound that sets spoons tinkling in saucers and windowpanes vibrating.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Nouns to which "intolerable" is often applied: cruelty, burden, situation, condition, pain, heat, position, life, state, suffering, evil, risk, insult, hardship, agony, behavior, affront, insolence, stress, consequence, people.

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