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Intolerable Acts

noun

a series of laws passed by the British in 1774 in an attempt to punish Massachusetts for the Boston Tea Party; also called [Coercive Acts], Punitive Acts

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Resentment of the Intolerable Acts contributed to the outbreak of the American revolution.

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  • To enforce these intolerable acts the military arm of the British government was brought into play.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • The intolerable acts went through Parliament with extraordinary celerity.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • The Bostonians said they could not, and would not, stand these five laws, which they called the "five intolerable acts."

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • The intolerable acts were described as "impolitic, unjust, and cruel, as well as unconstitutional."

    The Colonization of North America Herbert Eugene Bolton
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Intolerable Acts definition


Also known as the Coercive Acts; a series of British measures passed in 1774 and designed to punish the Massachusetts colonists for the Boston Tea Party. For example, one of the laws closed the port of Boston until the colonists paid for the tea that they had destroyed. Although the acts were intended to check colonial opposition to Britain, they only inflamed it.

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