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- Not sufferable; very difficult or impossible to endure.
- 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: […] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] […], OCLC 731622352:
- kept up by the pain I had endur'd in the course of the engagement, from the insufferable size of his weapon, tho' it was not as yet in above half its length.
- c. 1794, Jane Austen, “[Lady Susan.] XXII. Lady Susan to Mrs. Johnson.”, in J[ames] E[dward] Austen[-]Leigh, A Memoir of Jane Austen: […] to which is Added Lady Susan and Fragments of Two Other Unfinished Tales by Miss Austen, 2nd edition, London: Richard Bentley and Son, […], published 1871, OCLC 45579380, page 249:
- This is insufferable! My dearest friend, I was never so enraged before, and must relieve myself by writing to you, who I know will enter into all my feelings.
- 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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