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 Dictionary entry overview: What does intolerance mean? 

  The noun INTOLERANCE has 2 senses:

1. impatience with annoyances
2. unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs

  Familiarity information: INTOLERANCE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1intolerance [BACK TO TOP]


Impatience with annoyances

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

his intolerance of interruptions

Hypernyms ("intolerance" is a kind of...):

impatience (a dislike of anything that causes delay)

Sense 2intolerance [BACK TO TOP]


Unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("intolerance" is a kind of...):

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "intolerance"):

narrow-mindedness; narrowness (an inclination to criticize opposing opinions or shocking behavior)

bigotry; dogmatism (the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot)

fanaticism; fanatism; zealotry (excessive intolerance of opposing views)

religionism (exaggerated religious zealotry)

zero tolerance (extreme intolerance of antisocial behavior (usually by an uncompromising application of the law))


tolerance (willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others)

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