A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
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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 Inglandabsol. as noun c1450-2 Howlat 925 (A).
In exces our arrogant, thir birdis ilkane Besocht Natur to ces that vnsufferableb. 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 speachesc. 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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