- Not sufferable; very difficult or impossible to endure.
- c. 1795, Jane Austen, Lady Susan, ch. 22:
- This is insufferable! My dearest friend, I was never so enraged before,and must relieve myself by writing to you. . . . Guess my astonishment, and vexation.
- 1894, Henry James, The Coxon Fund, ch. 4:
- Saltram was incapable of keeping the engagements which, after their separation, he had entered into with regard to his wife, a deeply wronged, justly resentful, quite irreproachable and insufferable person.
- 1913, Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country, ch. 13:
- Marvell . . . thought Peter a bore in society and an insufferable nuisance on closer terms.
- 2011 June 7, "Chaos in Syria," Time:
- The oppressive heat has become insufferable in Syria — and as the temperature climbs, emotions get harder to contain.
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