Definition of unpardonable in English:



  • (of a fault or offence) too severe to be pardoned; unforgivable.

    ‘an unpardonable sin’
    • ‘A prominent Democrat commits the unpardonable sin of stating an unpleasant truth about crimes that are being carried out by the White House and the Pentagon in the name of the ‘global war on terrorism.’’
    • ‘The objective was to create a situation of extreme violence and polarise people in such a way that those who protested would be terrorised or dubbed anti-national, thus legitimising this unpardonable crime.’
    • ‘The crunch came in 1956 when, having committed the almost unpardonable offence of supporting a Labour private member's Bill to abolish hanging, he then abstained in the vote of confidence in the government over Suez.’
    • ‘The Belfast Telegraph welcomes Gerry Adams' statement that the McCartney killing was an unpardonable crime. The IRA followed suite with a condemnation of the killers.’
    • ‘Set at an elite New England prep school, this is a bittersweet portrait of youthful arcadia, in which a schoolboy commits an unpardonable crime in order to win a prestigious competition.’
    • ‘Except that during a hurdle race they committed an unpardonable breach of etiquette - a French word, though you would not have believed it from their performance.’
    • ‘The Perth Saints seemed on their way to their first back-to-back victories of this league campaign when their defence committed an unpardonable error.’
    • ‘She flew over it like a bird; but at the same instant Vronsky, to his horror, felt that he had failed to keep up with the mare's pace, that he had, he did not know how, made a fearful, unpardonable mistake, in recovering his seat in the saddle.’
    • ‘Overall they were guilty of incredible ignorance or unpardonable crimes.’
    • ‘Roosevelt's successful effort to prevent that was his unpardonable crime; but in the eyes of the country at large, his greatest achievement.’
    • ‘I remember when I first arrived here, seeing two drivers - whose automobiles had just collided - bowing deeply to each other at the roadside over the unpardonable offence each had just committed against the other.’
    • ‘Franzen, however, committed an unpardonable crime: He said so out loud.’
    • ‘He arrives just as a pub landlord is removing a customer for the unpardonable sin of having smiled at his gorgeous young wife.’
    • ‘This is considered an almost unpardonable breach of parliamentary etiquette, according to which the actions of the Whips are not subject to any public scrutiny.’
    • ‘It was understandable that Montgomerie should have been happy with that, given how his golfing status had fallen last year and the major problems he encountered with the rules for a silly but unpardonable error in Indonesia.’
    • ‘Her unpardonable fault being that alas… She was born as a She.’
    • ‘The Oxford elite, it appeared, had closed ranks and snubbed him for committing the unpardonable sin of pandering to a popular audience.’
    • ‘If the ‘now me’ ever bumped into the ‘then me’, I'd have no choice but to shoot me for unpardonable sins against civilised dress codes and trousers calculated to frighten children and livestock.’
    • ‘In slagging off the hacks in general, and Nicholas Witchell of the BBC in particular, His Royal Highness has committed an unpardonable sin.’
    • ‘Wind farms commit the unpardonable sin of being built on land that has ‘remained undisturbed for a thousand years’.’
    offensive, appalling, outrageous, objectionable, displeasing, shocking, horrifying, scandalous, monstrous, unspeakable, shameless, shameful, vulgar, gross, vile, wicked, odious, heinous, abhorrent, loathsome, obnoxious, detestable, hateful, sickening, contemptible, despicable, deplorable, abominable, execrable
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