[in-tol-er-uh ns]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for intolerance

bigotry, prejudice, dogmatism

Examples from the Web for intolerance

Contemporary Examples of intolerance

Historical Examples of intolerance

  • He rejoiced in the name, and used it primarily as a challenge to intolerance.

  • And, of course, if the intolerance be very great, the authority must be very direct.

  • One word as to the alleged "intolerance of the fanatic Orangemen of Belfast."

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • There is no intolerance; everybody lives comfortably with his neighbour.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • This is the trick of Nationalists when speaking of the intolerance of Belfast.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

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

intolerance in Medicine




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