intolerable

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj intolerable incapable of being put up with "an intolerable degree of sentimentality"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Being lactose intolerant can cause chronic flatulence
    • Intolerable Enormous. "This intolerable deal of sack."
    • Intolerable Not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable; as, intolerable pain; intolerable heat or cold; an intolerable burden. "His insolence is more intolerable Than all the princes in the land beside."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier
    • intolerable Not tolerable; not to be borne or endured; insupportable; insufferable; insufferably objectionable or offensive: as, intolerable pain, heat, or cold; an intolerable burden.
    • intolerable Synonyms Unbearable, unendurable, insupportable.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: False eyelashes were invented by film director D.W. Griffith while he was making the 1916 epic, "Intolerance." He wanted actress Seena Owen to have lashes that brushed her cheeks.
    • adj Intolerable in-tol′ėr-a-bl that cannot be endured
    • n Intolerable one opposed to toleration
    • ***

Quotations

  • Sir John Vanbrugh
    Sir John Vanbrugh
    “The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it, is intolerable.”
  • Thomas Paine
    Thomas%20Paine
    “Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    “Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    Princess%20of%20Wales%20Diana
    “The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    Wallace%20Stevens
    “Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.”
  • Charles Simmons
    Charles Simmons
    “Bigotry and intolerance, silenced by argument, endeavors to silence by persecution, in old days by fire and sword, in modern days by the tongue.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. intolérable, L. intolerabilis,. See In- not, and Tolerable

Usage

In literature:

Upon my word it is intolerable.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
The weather was snowy, slushy, beastly; and Marseilles was, as it usually is to my thinking, well-nigh intolerable.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
And when he got back into his room its solitude was intolerable.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
If it were not it would be intolerable.
"Tongues of Conscience" by Robert Smythe Hichens
When there's a mutual antagonism, gratitude becomes a fetter, intolerable when it is strained.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And you know that Canada would be allied with you, heart and soul, were it not for the intolerant spirit of your fellow colonists.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Anything else would be, nay was, intolerable.
"Studies in love and in terror" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
If her anguish with time became less intolerable it was replaced by a settled melancholy.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
She had restrained herself too long; the composure became intolerable.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
The silence was intolerable to Mrs. Crowley, and she inveighed inwardly against the British stolidity.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
***

In poetry:

Of the intolerable load
That on all living creatures lies,
Nor stoops to pity in the toad
The speechless sorrow of his eyes.
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
Circling zodiac compels the year.
Intolerant beauty never will be learning.
Clocks cry: stillness is a lie, my dear.
(Proud you halt upon the spiral stair.)
"To Eva Descending The Stair" by Sylvia Plath
Helpless I lie.
And around me the feet of thy watchers tread.
There is a rumour and a radiance of wings above my head,
An intolerable radiance of wings. . . .
"Sleeping Out: Full Moon" by Rupert Brooke
The intolerable chain
Of downward thoughts, in vain,
In vain would fetter me to mortal things:
I break away from earth,
Called to a nobler birth,
And I am borne aloft on faith's immortal wings.
"Song of the Triumphant Christian" by John Bowring
And when I asked him why he strode
Thus scowling down the human road,
Scowling, he answered, “I am he
Who champions total liberty —
Intolerance being, ma’am, a state
No tolerant man can tolerate.
"The Angry Man" by Phyllis McGinley
I can tie a ribbon now, nor hope of your eyes' pleasure
Makes its hue intolerable if you come not to see,
I can hear old music now, nor stabbing through its measure
Come the thoughts I would not have, or tears that need not be.
"Peace" by Margaret Widdemer

In news:

Right Has Developed "Baracktose Intolerance ".
Is it a milk allergy or intolerance .
The price of intolerance , part 1.
For example, the Broward County Public Schools in Florida have been offering soy milk to any lactose- intolerant child whose parent requests it, but officials say the option is not widely advertised because of the costs involved.
Broward County Public Schools in Florida have been offering soy milk to any lactose- intolerant child whose parent requests it, but officials say the option is not widely advertised because of the costs involved.
The Tea Party, with intolerance on social issues, turned off many.
For the 30 million people in the United States living with a rare disease, standing out can often subject them to increased intolerance over time.
The price of intolerance , part 2.
Texas' Ballet Austin is taking a performance about intolerance and the Holocaust on an international tour, visiting Miami, Washington and Israel over the next year.
Ballet about Holocaust battles wider intolerance .
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas' Ballet Austin is taking a performance about intolerance and the Holocaust on an international tour, visiting Miami, Washington and Israel over the next year.
Chick-fil-A – Storm Clouds of Intolerance Approaching.
Because of this, human beings are naturally intolerant of people with different values.
It shows how teachers can be intolerant of students with values different from their own.
'Taking country back' is about intolerance .
***

In science:

We have to keep in mind that an increase in upset rate in the serializer can be expected when clocked at high frequency, but we don’t expect an intolerable rate of soft errors.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
What then is the false thing forcing the isomorphism theorem proof to be so intolerant? The problem is probably in quadratic stable algebra (surgery, L-theory).
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Tolerant or intolerant character of interacting criteria in aggregation by the Choquet integral.
Weighted lattice polynomials of independent random variables
In particular the flatness of the plates, as specified by commercial standards, exceeds the requirements by intolerable amounts.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
Biased coin design with imbalance intolerance.
Exact properties of Efron's biased coin randomization procedure
***