in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ (ˌ)in-ˈtäl-rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio) , -ˈtä-lə- \

Definition of intolerant

1 : unable or unwilling to endure
2a : unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters
b : unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights : bigoted
3 : exhibiting physiological intolerance lactose intolerant

Other Words from intolerant

intolerantly adverb
intolerantness noun

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Examples of intolerant in a Sentence

intolerant of fools, she is not an easy person to work for intolerant people who callously deny others the very rights that they take for granted
Recent Examples on the Web Supporters of such laws often look to the rise of fascism in Weimar Germany as a cautionary tale: The Nazis took advantage of free speech to undermine the state, showing that democracies must be intolerant of intolerance. Jacob Mchangama, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 But intolerant learning environments disproportionately affect LGBTQ youth, who are subject to verbal and physical harassment at school and face higher risks to suicide and self-harm. Seamus Mcavoy, Hartford Courant, 24 Apr. 2022 Leka’s presence in Tirana is a signal that the intolerant, paranoid days of communism are over. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Some of that intolerant mood comes from left-wing faculty, but much of it bubbles up from progressive law students. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 28 Mar. 2022 Adding a religious exemption for bakers who don’t want to make a cake for a gay wedding was dessert before dinner for this intolerant flank. Los Angeles Times, 24 Mar. 2022 This column recently asked if San Francisco had become the most intolerant place in America given the city government’s bizarre refusal to do business with most U.S. states. James Freeman, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2022 Amid the relentless news of intolerant legislation flowing from Texas politicians, songwriter Aaron Raitiere offered a musical counterpoint. Thom Duffy, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 Our district has been seen in a negative light due to the aggressive and intolerant behavior of a few. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of intolerant

circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Intolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ in-ˈtä-lə-rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio) \

Kids Definition of intolerant

1 : not able or willing to put up with She was intolerant of failure.
2 : not willing to grant rights to some people an intolerant government


in·​tol·​er·​ant | \ (ˈ)in-ˈtäl(-ə)-rənt \

Medical Definition of intolerant

: exhibiting physiological intolerance : unable to properly metabolize or absorb a substance People who are lactose intolerant cannot digest lactose because their small intestines do not produce enough lactase, the enzyme that breaks lactose down …— Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue

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