in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rən(t)s How to pronounce intolerance (audio) , -ˈtä-lə-\

Definition of intolerance

1 : the quality or state of being intolerant
2 : exceptional sensitivity (as to a drug) specifically : inability to properly metabolize or absorb a substance

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Social conservatives, who have suffered the left’s intolerance of their values, count among his supporters. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Primal Scream," 6 Jan. 2019 Opponents cited a long history of presidential statements and tweets to challenge the order on the grounds that the ban was not based on legitimate national security concerns but rather constituted bigoted intolerance of Muslims. David Nakamura,, "Travel ban ruling could embolden Trump in remaking U.S. immigration system," 26 June 2018 Today’s militant secularists ironically resemble the worst caricatures of religious intolerance of early America. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Shaming of Karen Pence," 21 Jan. 2019 When students react by protesting or disrupting the event, the conservatives use it as proof that there’s real intolerance for conservative ideas. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Data shows a surprising campus free speech problem: left-wingers being fired for their opinions," 3 Aug. 2018 But politicians are taking note of a growing intolerance for the corruption that was endemic in the region a decade ago. Washington Post,, "Jailing of ex-president Lula seen as potential turning point for Brazil," 21 Apr. 2018 Yet Swami Prem Niren, Rajneesh's lawyer, does feel a strong connection to Rajneesh. For Niren, who spoke extensively in the documentary, Rajneeshpuram was a community ruined by intolerance., "This Is The Wild Ending Of Wild, Wild Country," 21 Mar. 2018 Gestational diabetes is diagnosed if there is any glucose intolerance with its onset during pregnancy, and about 6 to 8 percent of pregnant women develop the condition. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Diabetes in Pregnancy Raises Risk of Heart Disease," 22 Jan. 2018 The shooting Saturday was the second act of hatred in recent days to expose the way social-media services can be platforms for dangerous people to disseminate threats and intolerance that publicly foreshadow their violence. Georgia Wells, WSJ, " Founder Defends Site After Shooting," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of intolerance

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rəns How to pronounce intolerance (audio) \

Kids Definition of intolerance

1 : the quality or state of being unable or unwilling to put up with an intolerance to bright light
2 : a reluctance to grant rights to other people religious intolerance


in·​tol·​er·​ance | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtäl(-ə)-rən(t)s How to pronounce intolerance (audio) \

Medical Definition of intolerance

1 : lack of an ability to endure an intolerance to light
2 : exceptional sensitivity (as to a food or drug) specifically : inability to properly metabolize or absorb a substance glucose intolerance

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