in·​tol·​er·​ant (ˌ)in-ˈtä-lə-rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio)
: unable or unwilling to endure
: unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression especially in religious matters
: unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights : bigoted
: exhibiting physiological intolerance
lactose intolerant
intolerantly adverb
intolerantness noun

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 However, to merely dismiss all of the critics out of hand as insane or intolerant or anti-Semitic would ironically run counter to the spirit of Chen’s essay itself. Phil Klay, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 To make matters worse, Musk appears to be growing more intolerant of other viewpoints. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 19 Mar. 2024 Image Under President Vladimir V. Putin, Russia is highly intolerant of dissent. Li Yuan, New York Times, 29 Feb. 2024 Even a bite or two of the wrong food can create inflammation in a body intolerant to it. Betsy Andrews, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 The book’s ironic title refers to the genteel behavior of aristocratic people who are, in reality, cynical, cruel and intolerant. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 The bullies are spreading a culture that’s intolerant of food intolerance. Betsy Andrews, Saveur, 14 Feb. 2024 Someone can be intolerant to the lactose in milk, but will not have an immune response. Sheah Rarback, Miami Herald, 9 Feb. 2024 While seeing themselves as the forces of enlightenment, these folks who use the prince of darkness as their mascot are really intolerant dogmatists. Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intolerant was circa 1735

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Cite this Entry

“Intolerant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


in·​tol·​er·​ant (ˈ)in-ˈtäl-(ə-)rənt How to pronounce intolerant (audio)
: unable or unwilling to endure
: unwilling to grant equality, freedom, or other social rights
intolerantly adverb

Medical Definition


: 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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