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[in-tol-er-uh nt] /ɪnˈtɒl ər ənt/
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.
an intolerant person; bigot.
Origin of intolerant
1725-35; < Latin intolerant- (stem of intolerāns) impatient. See in-3, tolerant
Related forms
intolerantly, adverb
quasi-intolerant, adjective
quasi-intolerantly, adverb
Can be confused
intolerable, intolerant.
1. illiberal, narrow, proscriptive, prejudiced, biased, dictatorial, totalitarian. Intolerant, fanatical, bigoted refer to strongly illiberal attitudes. Intolerant refers to an active refusal to allow others to have or put into practice beliefs different from one's own: intolerant in politics; intolerant of other customs. Bigoted is to be so emotionally or subjectively attached to one's own belief as to be hostile to all others: a bigoted person. Fanatical applies to unreasonable or extreme action in maintaining one's beliefs and practices without necessary reference to others: a fanatical religious sect.
1. liberal. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for intolerant
  • Some of you are really slow today on posting the usual intolerant comments.
  • And, typically, consumers remain intolerant of power interruptions.
  • Coconut milk can also serve as the base of non-dairy ice creams for those lactose intolerant ice cream lovers.
  • Culture is quite similar to that of other camellias, except that plants seem intolerant of heavy pruning.
  • Llamas and alpacas are naturally inquisitive, and intolerant of intrusion into their space.
  • Those intolerant to the energy of molecular motion are advised to flee from the culinary laboratory.
  • They remain intolerant of those who smoke marijuana in private, and are increasingly hostile to those who smoke tobacco in public.
  • The fact that you refuse to refer to her as a her is intolerant.
  • So the main purpose of this bill is to allow lawmakers to make a statement about how intolerant of intolerance they are.
  • The entire tone of your post is intolerant and dismissive.
British Dictionary definitions for intolerant


lacking respect for practices and beliefs other than one's own
(postpositive) foll by of. not able or willing to tolerate or endure: intolerant of noise
Derived Forms
intolerance, noun
intolerantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intolerant

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.

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