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unbearable

Syllabification: un·bear·a·ble
Pronunciation: /ˌənˈberəb(ə)l
 
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Definition of unbearable in English:

adjective

Not able to be endured or tolerated: the heat was getting unbearable
More example sentences
  • She never thought she would be able to come to terms with the unbearable grief.
  • It was an unbearable scene to see truckloads of human bodies being carried out.
  • Today's lifestyle police would have us believe that it is unbearable because of these two diversions.
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unbearableness

1
noun
Example sentences
  • A lone violin could be heard, reaching the point of emotional unbearableness with mournful vibratoes and sorrowful strokes.
  • The general unbearableness of one-leggedness combined with sock uncertainty soon warped Wilf's feeble mind.
  • And then what justifies death is the unbearableness of the pain rather than the painfulness.

unbearably

2
adverb
[as submodifier]: it was unbearably hot
More example sentences
  • It's too hot to wear earplugs, and unbearably uncomfortable if your entire body is covered by the sarong, including your head.
  • The stones were almost unbearably hot at first, but the intense heat felt good on my skin, like sunshine, and they quickly became cool.
  • Neoprene waders can be picked up at a reasonable price, but tend to be cumbersome to wear, and in milder weather become unbearably hot.

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