- 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 intolerants
Only Palin could claim that a person who has just voiced intolerant comments like Robertson is being attacked by “intolerants.”The Right’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ Hypocrisy
December 19, 2013
Only a remnant of the old bigots and intolerants are to be found in any congregation of intelligent people of to-day.A Woman of the World
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 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 intolerants
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.