Intolerable vs Excessive - What's the difference?

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Intolerable is a synonym of excessive.


As adjectives the difference between intolerable and excessive

is that intolerable is intolerable while excessive is exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.

intolerable

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Not tolerable; not capable of being borne or endured; not proper or right to be allowed; insufferable; insupportable; unbearable.
  • Extremely offensive or insulting.
  • * 1971 , William S. Burroughs, The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead , page 4
  • It is an intolerable sound that sets spoons tinkling in saucers and windowpanes vibrating.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "intolerable" is often applied: cruelty, burden, situation, condition, pain, heat, position, life, state, suffering, evil, risk, insult, hardship, agony, behavior, affront, insolence, stress, consequence, people.

    Derived terms

    * intolerability * intolerableness * intolerably

    References

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    excessive

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Exceeding the usual bounds of something; extravagant; immoderate.
  • "I personally consider putting a wide vibrato on a single 16th triplet note at 160 beats per minute rather excessive , nay even stupid."

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * insufficient * deficient

    Derived terms

    * excessive number