Adjective "intolerant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not tolerant of views, beliefs, or behaviour that differ from one's own.
  1. 'It seems ironic to me that those who preach tolerance are so intolerant of those who do not share their liberal views.'
  2. 'Living in a society that was also intolerant of homosexual behavior, they were forced to work out their intimacy needs in unhealthy ways.'
  3. 'State-sponsored secularism, legally tightening its control, is ever more openly intolerant of rival belief systems.'
  4. 'The difficulty is that, just as the religious right believes wholeheartedly that it is the one true way, secularists are adamant about their beliefs and intolerant of those who do not share them.'
  5. 'The former Archbishop of Canterbury hit out yesterday at extreme atheists who are intolerant of religious views and attempt to deny Christians a voice in public debate.'
  6. 'You seem to be saying that being indifferent to your beliefs is the same as being intolerant of your beliefs.'
  7. 'You are a bit intolerant of and vicious toward people whose views differ from yours.'
  8. 'The play also centres on an iron-fisted leader intolerant of opposing political views.'
  9. 'People with these ideals are so ‘liberal’ that they come full circle to conservatism, completely intolerant of people with differing ideals.'
  10. 'For a newspaper that is supposedly tolerant of any and all lifestyles, it is surprisingly intolerant of Christians.'
  11. 'The class devoted to the selection of calcium supplements was designed to assist women who were lactose intolerant or who were otherwise unable to obtain sufficient calcium from their diets.'
  12. 'Those found to be intolerant could be prescribed alternatives to avoid the side effects.'
  13. 'She said the recent blood group diet had no scientific basis and had many people believing their blood group dictated what foods they were intolerant to.'
  14. 'The evidence for that shows that some ethnic groupings are very intolerant to certain groups of food.'
  15. 'One study found that 12 percent of patients with IBS were gluten intolerant.'
  16. 'It might be considered as an adjunct for occasional patients unresponsive to or intolerant of more standard treatments.'
  17. 'Some babies are intolerant to lactose, which is found in cow's milk.'
  18. 'If the doctor administers a drug to which the patient is known to be intolerant, or gives some other wrong treatment, should the inappropriateness of the medical treatment affect the causal enquiry?'
  19. 'Any parent who is concerned that a child may be allergic or intolerant to any food should get advice from their health visitor or GP.'
  20. 'In 11 trials baseline pain was moderate to severe, and in five trials patients were only included if they were unresponsive or intolerant to conventional therapies.'
  21. 'For my second wish, the development of a shade intolerant tree species that sheds its limbs readily to create knot free mature wood.'
  22. 'Thus, intolerant species had greater growth potential than tolerant species in low light, but low light prevents the full expression of these differences.'
  23. 'When brook trout are absent, a maximum of one non-native salmonid is counted positively as an intolerant species.'
  24. 'Crawford suggested that anaerobic-tolerant species exhibit a smaller Pasteur effect than do intolerant species.'
  25. 'Gaps in this wetland function similarly to those studied in a variety of upland forest types, by serving as sites of regeneration for intolerant species.'
  26. 'On high sites that rarely flood, species moderately tolerant to intolerant of saturated conditions should be emphasized.'
  27. 'Lichens are intolerant to the presence of sulfur dioxide in acid rain and different species of lichen have different threshold levels before death occurs.'
  28. 'Previous models assumed that tolerant larvae could not fight and would always be found and hence killed by any intolerant larvae if present.'
  29. 'With the exception of African lions, female felids are intolerant of other conspecifics of the same gender.'


1. not tolerating or respecting beliefs, opinions, usages, manners, etc., different from one's own, as in political or religious matters; bigoted.

2. unable or unwilling to tolerate or endure (usually followed by of): intolerant of very hot weather.

3. unable to fully digest or absorb a specified food or drug (used postpositively or in combination): lactose intolerant; aspirin-intolerant. noun

4. an intolerant person; bigot.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be intolerant of oppositions."

"people can be intolerant."

"minorities can be intolerant."

"governments can be intolerant."

"fanaticses can be intolerant."

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Mid 18th century: from Latin intolerant-, from in- ‘not’ + tolerant- ‘enduring’ (see tolerant).