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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First, the Court had condemned the double standards and intolerance that so often define government actions against people of faith. David French, National Review, "The Supreme Court Must Help This Christian Florist," 7 June 2019 And what the Plain View Project has also done is confirm our worst fears that intolerance at the keyboard appears to be linked to injustice out in the streets. Will Bunch,, "‘When They See Us,’ racist Philly cops on Facebook, and the brutal toll of dehumanization | Will Bunch," 4 June 2019 One result of this approach has been, Mr. Treadgold says, a growing intolerance toward traditional points of view—including incidents of confrontation and virtual censorship. John Leo, WSJ, "‘The University We Need’ Review: Rethinking College," 18 July 2018 For the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism are of a piece with the fight against authoritarianism and nationalist aggression. Michael Sebastian, Town & Country, "Here's the Full Transcript of Obama's Farewell Address," 11 Jan. 2017 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

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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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