intolerant

adjective
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

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Other Words from intolerant

intolerantly adverb
intolerantness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for intolerant

Synonyms

impatient

Antonyms

abiding, enduring, forbearing, patient, tolerant

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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

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And many movements, like nationalism and intolerant religions, are driven by narrative and are harmful and dangerous for humanity. Angela Chen, The Verge, "How History Gets Things Wrong," 5 Oct. 2018 Where the Puritans humiliated sinners with the stocks, the modern intolerant have Twitter . William Mcgurn, WSJ, "The Shaming of Karen Pence," 21 Jan. 2019 Jess, a regular at Henry’s Burgers and Cream in Brookwood, stopped by the local spot to pick up lunch for her co-workers Tuesday, one of whom is lactose-intolerant. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Alabama woman claims restaurant called her 'crazy b----' on receipt for ordering burger without cheese," 19 Sep. 2018 And as this happened, fly over America felt demeaned by the dominant culture, which came to see them as backwater, intolerant, and yes, even racist. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: Not sure media is relevant, consequential," 3 Aug. 2018 There is the violence of a father who’s intolerant of his son’s sexuality, and the inherent violence of being made an outsider in the community he was raised in. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 For the lactose-intolerant or merely dairy-averse, there are more alternatives to good ol’ American cow’s milk than ever. Bonnie Wertheim, New York Times, "The Humble Ascent of Oat Milk," 19 Jan. 2018 The regime runs political prisons, has been accused of mistreating the disabled, and is intolerant of religious freedom. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, "North Korea’s Olympic Dream Faces Plenty of Hurdles," 19 Sep. 2018 With the upcoming Disney merger, Fox — and Deadpool — are about to be under new management that is infamously intolerant of racy content that could damage or tarnish the House of Mouse’s squeaky-clean, family-friendly brand. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Deadpool 2 returns to theaters as PG-13 Christmas film Once Upon a Deadpool," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of intolerant

circa 1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of intolerant was circa 1735

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intolerant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of intolerant

: not willing to allow or accept something
disapproving : not willing to allow some people to have equality, freedom, or other social rights
medicine : unable to take a certain substance into the body without becoming sick

intolerant

adjective
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

intolerant

adjective
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, March 1997

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