• (British) IPA: [ɪnˈsʌfɹəbl̩]
  • (America) enPR: ĭn-sŭf'ər-ə-bəl, IPA: /ɪnˈsʌfɚəbəl/, [ɪnˈsʌfɹəbl̩]


  1. 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: Printed [by Thomas Parker] for 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.
    • circa 1795 Jane Austen, Lady Susan, ch. 22:
      This is insufferable! My dearest friend, I was never so enraged before,and must relieve myself by writing to you. . . . Guess my astonishment, and vexation.
    • 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, "[,8599,2076250,00.html 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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