Definition of unendurable in US English:



  • Not able to be tolerated or endured.

    ‘cries of unendurable suffering’
    • ‘The movie eventually crescendos into nearly unendurable hysteria.’
    • ‘Let's also retire the standard politician's lament that we are placing an unendurable debt burden ‘on our children and our children's children.’’
    • ‘In hot weather, the smell was unendurable, forcing members of Parliament right next to the river, to find a solution.’
    • ‘Jobless after he went home, the unendurable idleness led him back to his old ‘friends,’ with whom he first took drugs.’
    • ‘All of them were sensitive men who must have found the horrors of war almost unendurable.’
    • ‘There is nothing new about England's social, economic and cultural decay, but the spectacle has of late become so unedifying as to be almost unendurable.’
    • ‘She couldn't sit up or move, and the pain was unendurable.’
    • ‘He wept inside for the pain that she was feeling, for having just found her father and to have him taken so cruelly from her was something that was nearly unendurable.’
    • ‘Yes, the tourist hordes can be almost unendurable, and yes, the canals can whiff a bit.’
    • ‘And it represented the sense among so many military families that their sacrifices - even the unendurable loss of a beloved family member - were not and are not in vain.’
    • ‘Such losses can seem to be unendurable because we cannot let go of what we have lost.’
    • ‘What she found unendurable were the sleepless nights.’
    • ‘In Japan, retirement has become a risky business for many wives, who are finding the stress of their husband's presence at home unendurable.’
    • ‘I told him that if he felt that life had become unendurable I could not, as his friend, ask him to go on enduring it.’
    • ‘His gaze is by turns encouraging, enigmatic, unendurable.’
    • ‘In the nature of things, the art was attacked by flies and maggots, and the stench is reported to have been unendurable.’
    • ‘Those people who need others to confirm their sense of existence fear solitude and find nature's indifference to human beings unendurable.’
    • ‘I can see that this job will push me to unendurable new intellectual heights.’
    • ‘All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.’
    • ‘Let his suffering be remembered as an example to us all on how to endure personal struggles we may think to be unendurable.’
    intolerable, unbearable, unacceptable, insufferable, insupportable, not to be borne, more than flesh and blood can stand
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