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[in-tol-er-uh ns] /ɪnˈtɒl ər əns/
lack of tolerance; unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect opinions or beliefs contrary to one's own.
unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect persons of a different social group, especially members of a minority group.
incapacity or indisposition to bear or endure:
intolerance to heat.
abnormal sensitivity or allergy to a food, drug, etc.
an intolerant act.
Origin of intolerance
From the Latin word intolerantia, dating back to 1755-65. See intolerant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Although a Roman by descent, I advocate not Roman intolerance.

    Zenobia William Ware
  • For what else is fault-finding, intolerance and uncharitableness, but the deadliest poison?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • The intolerance of certain savants is equalled by that of certain dogmas.

  • The reason for this is the intolerance of most of the swamp species.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • So far as the spirit of intolerance went, there was nothing to choose between the new and the old Churches.

Word Origin and History for intolerance

"unwillingness to endure a differing opinion," 1765, from Latin intolerantia "impatience, unendurableness, insufferableness, insolence," from intolerantem (see intolerant). Especially of religious matters through mid-19c. Now-obsolete intolerancy was used in same sense from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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intolerance in Medicine

intolerance in·tol·er·ance (ĭn-tŏl'ər-əns)
Extreme sensitivity or allergy to a drug, food, or other substance.

in·tol'er·ant adj.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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