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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to an act or situation that one cannot or will not forgive: unforgivable behavior.

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  • adj. Not forgivable

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Incapable of being forgiven; unpardonable. Also spelled unforgiveable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not excusable

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Examples

  • I think that sometimes “forgiving” the unforgivable is another form of denial.

    The Glass Castle « Tales from the Reading Room

  • "One of our best subs, taken to task this morning for what I described as the unforgivable crime of putting an acute accent on the artist Edgar Degas 'surname in last week's paper, held his hand up to the offence but pointed out that he had been working on seven different pages under severe time pressure," Marsh writes.

    Regret the Error

  • All the more unforgivable is the fact that this claim was even necessary to protect our constitutional right to gather and engage in peaceful protest, for this was a lawsuit never should have been.

    Civil Rights

  • I only avoid anyone that has no excuse for not using their brain - unforgivable waste of air and space.

    On Being a Woman and a Scientist

  • Such carelessness is unforgivable from a NATO hopeful.

    Georgia Takes a Beating in the Cyberwar With Russia - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • What some refer to as unforgivable spinelessness, others call pragmatism.

    EXCLUSIVE: MoveOn Privately Demanding House Dem Leaders Toughen Up Iraq Bill

  • He stated that Arabs had been indiscriminately rounded up and detained in unforgivable conditions.

    Shooting critters

  • HOLMES: Wounded in war and now going to battle over the medical care they call unforgivable and not fit for anyone.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2007

  • He called the euro80 billion $105 billion that Ireland's banks are estimated to have lost on dud property loans "unforgivable" -- yet defended the need for Ireland's taxpayers to foot the bailout bill rather than the foreign banks that loaned Dublin institutions the money.

    Toughest budget in Irish history clears 1st vote - Yahoo! Finance

  • He called the euro80 billion $105 billion that Ireland's banks are estimated to have lost on dud property loans "unforgivable" - yet defended the need for Ireland's taxpayers to foot the bailout bill rather than the foreign banks that loaned Dublin institutions the money.

    chron.com Chronicle

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