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Unsufferabil(l, adj. Also: unsuf(f)erable, -suff(a)rable, un-, wnsoverable. [ME and e.m.E. unsufferable (a1325), vnsufferabil (Rolle); Sufferable adj.] Insufferable, unbearable, intolerable: a. Of persons. Also absol. as noun. b. Of actions, conduct, states of affairs. c. Of suffering, injuries, etc.a. c1400 Troy-bk. ii 1153.
Wnsouerable scho was so Rytht noyfull tho the Gregeois to
c1475 Wall. i 267.
Unsouerable are thir pepille of Ingland
absol. as noun c1450-2 Howlat 925 (A).
In exces our arrogant, thir birdis ilkane Besocht Natur to ces that vnsufferable
b. 1528 Acta Conc. MS XXXVIII 189.
Disponand thar common gudis at his plesour, … unsufferable to be sustenit in ony gude toune
1533 Bell. Livy I 100/13.
The haterent and vnsufferabil tyrannye of kingis
1582–3 Reg. Privy C. III 541.
A power strange and unsufferabill to be in the persoun of ony inferior subject
1657 Misc. Hist. Soc. VII 18.
Had notice of some unsuffarable speaches
c. 15.. Clar. iii 552.
Unsufferabill was his paine and wo
1590 Conv. Burghs I 315.
That we may … fryley and fairlye mene our vnsufferabill wrangis to your wisdomes
1634 Johnston Diary I 193.
On Sunday morning I got many tears and was terribly pinched in myselth betuixt unsuffrable extremities
1688 Conv. Burghs IV 83.
Anent the great decay of tred and the … unsuferable prejudices of the burghs … regalities and barronies

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