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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XI).

(Untolerable,) Untollerable, adj. Also: untollerabil(l, -byll, wn-, ontollerabill. [ME and e.m.E. vntolerable (Wyclif), ontollerabill (1422), vntollerable (c1440); Tolerable adj.] a. Of circumstances, a state of affairs, etc.: Unbearable, unendurable. = Intol(l)erabill adj. b. Of a person: Unacceptable (to another).a. 1513 Doug. viii viii 61 (Ruddim.).
Suld I rehers the vntollerabil [C. ontellabil, Sm. ontellable] myscheif, The cruel dedis [etc.]
1518 Aberd. B. Rec. I 94.
The greit vntollerable dampnag quhilk is abill to cum to the samyn
1533 Boece 551a.
Johnne Cwmeyn thinking this oppressioun vntollerabill
a1538 Abell 37b.
The Pichtis sa ourthrawin … wer strikin with wntollerabill dolor
(b) 1513 Doug. viii vii 21.
I [sc. Venus] … the ontollerabill [Sm. intollerable, Ruddim. vntollerabyll] laubour of Ene Bewalit oft wepand ful sair
b. 1689 Leven & Melv. P. 284.
A man untollerable either to king or countrey

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