If you describe something as intolerable, you mean that it is so bad or extreme that no one can bear it or tolerate it.

They felt this would put intolerable pressure on them...

Human rights abuses by any party are intolerable.

Derived words:
intolerably [[t]ɪntɒ̱lərəbli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

...intolerably cramped conditions...

Her leg ached intolerably.

English dictionary. 2008.


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  • intolérable — [ ɛ̃tɔlerabl ] adj. • 1265; lat. intolerabilis 1 ♦ Qu on ne peut tolérer, supporter. ⇒ insupportable. Douleur intolérable. ⇒ aigu, insoutenable. Chaleur intolérable. ⇒ accablant, infernal. « L existence serait intolérable si l on ne rêvait jamais …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intolerable — In*tol er*a*ble, a. [F. intol[ e]rable, L. intolerabilis. See {In } not, and {Tolerable}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intolerable — I adjective impossible, insufferable, insupportable, unbearable, unendurable associated concepts: intolerable cruelty, intolerable severity II index deplorable, insufferable, loathsome …   Law dictionary

  • intolerable — adjetivo 1. Que no se puede o no se debe tolerar o consentir por ser abusivo o estar mal hecho: ¡Esto es intolerable!, no tiene ningún derecho a tratarnos así, no se lo consiento. Tu comportamiento es intolerable, te estás pasando de la raya …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • intolerable — Intolerable. adj. de t. g. Qui ne se peut tolerer. C est un desordre intolerable. cela est intolerable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • intolerable — late 14c., from L. intolerabilis that cannot bear, that cannot be borne, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + tolerabilis that may be endured, from tolerare to tolerate (see TOLERATION (Cf. toleration)). Related: Intolerably …   Etymology dictionary

  • intolerable — [adj] unacceptable; beyond bearing a bit much, enough already*, excruciating, extreme, impossible, insufferable, insupportable, last straw*, offensive, painful, unbearable, undesirable, unendurable; concept 529 Ant. acceptable, bearable,… …   New thesaurus

  • intolerable — Intolerable, Intolerabilis, Intolerandus …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • intolerable — (Del lat. intolerabĭlis). adj. Que no se puede tolerar …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • intolerable — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unable to be endured. DERIVATIVES intolerably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • intolerable — [in täl′ər ə bəl] adj. [ME intollerable < L intolerabilis] not tolerable; unbearable; too severe, painful, cruel, etc. to be endured intolerability n. intolerableness intolerably adv …   English World dictionary

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