in·tol·er·ance | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rən(t)s , -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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In each case, social intolerance correlates with authoritarian preferences. Nicholas T. Davis And Steven Miller, Vox, "Racism and authoritarianism go hand in hand," 2 July 2018 Education directly targets the foundations of ignorance and intolerance upon which Boko Haram is founded. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nigeria’s schoolgirl rebellion," 26 June 2018 The intolerance of the traditional gatekeepers might have spurred a kind of militancy from thinkers (and fans) who’ve rarely been allowed in. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Who Gets to Decide What Belongs in the ‘Canon’?," 30 May 2018 In today’s world, this intolerance for artificiality makes Harvin something of a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. Michael Mcknight,, "Percy Harvin Takes His Battle With Anxiety Public as He Gets Closer to Internal Peace," 28 June 2018 Sanders' father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, blasted the owners of Red Hen for their intolerance. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders kicked out of Virginia restaurant by owner," 23 June 2018 But a challenge that both the left and the right face is that their intolerance for indecency seems to be reserved for their political opponents. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "De Niro’s anti-Trump Tonys speech reveals the tribalistic and vulgar new normal in political discourse," 11 June 2018 Fear arising from intolerance and injustice constitutes the chief danger to our country. New York Times, "‘God Bless America’: 100 Years of an Immigrant’s Anthem," 2 July 2018 This agenda concerns those, such as the Sultan of Johor, who fear rising religious intolerance. The Economist, "Malaysia’s government calls an election," 12 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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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