[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. intoe,
  2. intoed,
  3. intolerability,
  4. intolerable,
  5. intolerable acts,
  6. intolerant,
  7. intomb,
  8. intonaco,
  9. intonate,
  10. intonation

Origin of intolerance

From the Latin word intolerantia, dating back to 1755–65. See intolerant, -ance Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

Medicine definitions for intolerance


[ ĭn-tŏlər-əns ]


Extreme sensitivity or allergy to a drug, food, or other substance.
Related formsin•toler•ant adj.

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