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[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.
Origin of intolerance
1755-65; < Latin intolerantia. See intolerant, -ance Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intolerance
  • The only thing a tolerant society cannot tolerate is intolerance.
  • We believe equity for all must be demonstrated by intolerance of acts of discrimination or belittlement.
  • Those on the brink of starvation, he notes, would not have been able to survive the diarrhea that lactose intolerance brings.
  • intolerance for pollutants and species extinction will be high.
  • Heat intolerance often produces a feeling of being overheated and can cause heavy sweating.
  • One thing they fail to consider is that it actually could be that as diversity increases on a campus so does intolerance.
  • They consistently exhibit the intolerance of which they so readily accuse others.
  • It's all about intolerance for dogs and their body parts and their behavior.
  • It turns out my problem was a simple, but dangerous food intolerance causing widespread inflammation in my muscles and nerves.
  • Abnormal results may be a sign of lactose intolerance.
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
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intolerance in Medicine

intolerance in·tol·er·ance (ĭn-tŏl'ər-əns)
Extreme sensitivity or allergy to a drug, food, or other substance.

in·tol'er·ant adj.
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