- not tolerating or respecting beliefs, opinions, usages, manners, etc., different from one's own, as in political or religious matters; bigoted.
- unable or unwilling to tolerate or endure (usually followed by of): intolerant of very hot weather.
- unable to fully digest or absorb a specified food or drug (used postpositively or in combination):lactose intolerant; aspirin-intolerant.
- an intolerant person; bigot.
Origin of intolerant
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Examples from the Web for intolerant
And the fact that satire unnerves the intolerant is evidence of its positive power.Why We Stand With Charlie Hebdo—And You Should Too
January 8, 2015
His policies helped engender the rise of an intolerant and severe nationalism that conflates piety with patriotism.Why So Many Pakistanis Hate Their Nobel Peace Prize Winner
October 10, 2014
Companies are also intolerant of violence in the workplace because it undermines workforce stability and hampers productivity.How Your Company Can End Violence Against Girls
October 9, 2014
The term describes any female who is intolerant of any point of view that challenges militant feminism.Rush Limbaugh’s Sexist Beyoncé Rant And Gross History of Women Bashing
March 22, 2013
They are intolerant and not willing to accept the fact that Arabs are equal citizens.Alleged Hate Crime in Israel Part of Larger Trend
August 22, 2012
To what dangers might she not be subjected, by the intolerant zeal of conversion!Leila, Complete
You cannot imagine a more ignorant, intolerant, narrow-minded woman than she.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
He was ever a short-tempered man, intolerant of irrelevancies.Mistress Wilding
It shall never be said of us that we were either impatient or intolerant.'The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
It was all right, provided the intolerant establishment were to remain.John Knox
A. Taylor Innes
- lacking respect for practices and beliefs other than one's own
- (postpositive foll by of) not able or willing to tolerate or endureintolerant of noise
Word Origin and History for intolerant
1735, from Latin intolerantem (nominative intolerans) "not enduring, impatient, intolerant; intolerable," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + tolerans, present participle of tolerare "to bear, endure" (see toleration). Of plants, from 1898. The noun meaning "intolerant person or persons" is from 1765.