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: 1725–35; Related forms
< Latin intolerant-
(stem of intolerāns
) impatient. See in-3
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.