• WordNet 3.6
    • n intolerance impatience with annoyances "his intolerance of interruptions"
    • n intolerance unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Being lactose intolerant can cause chronic flatulence
    • Intolerance Lack of capacity to endure; as, intolerance of light.
    • Intolerance The quality of being intolerant; refusal to allow to others the enjoyment of their opinions, chosen modes of worship, and the like; lack of patience and forbearance; illiberality; bigotry; as, intolerance shown toward a religious sect. "These few restrictions, I hope, are no great stretches of intolerance , no very violent exertions of despotism."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For people that are lactose intolerant, chocolate aids in helping milk digest easier
    • n intolerance The quality of being intolerant; incapacity or indisposition to bear or endure; non-endurance: as, intolerance of heat or cold.
    • n intolerance Lack of toleration; indisposition to tolerate contrary opinions or beliefs; bigoted opposition or resistance to dissent.
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  • Sir John Vanbrugh
    Sir John Vanbrugh
    “The want of a thing is perplexing enough, but the possession of it, is intolerable.”
  • Samuel Davies
    Samuel Davies
    “Intolerance has been the curse of every age and state.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “The greatest problem in the world today is intolerance. Everyone is so intolerant of each other.”
  • Wallace Stevens
    “Intolerance respecting other people's religion is toleration itself in comparison with intolerance respecting other people's art.”
  • Kathleen Norris
    Kathleen Norris
    “Life is easier to take than you think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable and bear the intolerable.”
  • Blaise Pascal
    “Nothing is so intolerable to man as being fully at rest, without a passion, without business, without entertainment, without care.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. intolerantia, impatience, unendurableness: cf. F. intolérance,


In literature:

That, of course, was quite intolerable.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
The state of things was intolerable.
"The Rise of the Democracy" by Joseph Clayton
I should reproach myself intolerably my whole life through if I had left you on this journey.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Oh, this intolerable burden of disgrace!
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
He was awake and fuming about the cats and their intolerable yowling.
"Chapters from My Autobiography" by Mark Twain
The world had suddenly become an intolerable vacuum in which he gasped frantically for breath.
"Quin" by Alice Hegan Rice
Anyhow a mere photographic reproduction of this muddy, money-making, bread-and-butter-eating world would be intolerable.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
She felt out of the game, and the feeling was intolerable.
"Tristram of Blent" by Anthony Hope
But the intolerance of the Puritans to each other was as conspicuous as their cruel treatment of the Indians.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
To follow out this thought is intolerable to her; she rises abruptly.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford

In poetry:

The ghost of night's long hours depart
In congregation dreary,
And leave my sorrow-trampled heart
Intolerably weary.
"The Congregation" by Gamaliel Bradford
Of the intolerable load
That on all living creatures lies,
Nor stoops to pity in the toad
The speechless sorrow of his eyes.
"Cold-Blooded Creatures" by Elinor Wylie
The intolerable chain
Of downward thoughts, in vain,
In vain would fetter me to mortal things:
I break away from earth,
Called to a nobler birth,
And I am borne aloft on faith's immortal wings.
"Song of the Triumphant Christian" by John Bowring
And when I asked him why he strode
Thus scowling down the human road,
Scowling, he answered, “I am he
Who champions total liberty —
Intolerance being, ma’am, a state
No tolerant man can tolerate.
"The Angry Man" by Phyllis McGinley
When I’m killed, don’t think of me
Buried there in Cambrin Wood,
Nor as in Zion think of me
With the Intolerable Good.
And there’s one thing that I know well,
I’m damned if I’ll be damned to Hell!
"When I'm Killed" by Robert Graves
I can tie a ribbon now, nor hope of your eyes' pleasure
Makes its hue intolerable if you come not to see,
I can hear old music now, nor stabbing through its measure
Come the thoughts I would not have, or tears that need not be.
"Peace" by Margaret Widdemer

In news:

Globally, lactose intolerance is the norm.
Can One Lose Lactose Intolerance as an Adult.
What stands out in the lives of the outstanding nuns of the past referred to by Cokie and Steven Roberts is their obedience , even to intolerable churchmen.
The dispute over the "Ground Zero mosque" is an object lesson in how not to resist intolerance.
'September Dawn' disappoints with one-dimensional tale of intolerance.
"But Stifler I'm lactose intolerant.".
Tea Party Supporters Predisposed to Intolerance.
Watch this Alamo Draft House public announcement and adopt their splendid intolerance.
Some 36 million Americans or one in six adults (16 percent), claim to suffer from either a food allergy or intolerance, according to a report by Mintel International.
Strict, intolerant wahhabism is a potent force.
The latest sign of change at the Air Force Academy: an emergency "bat-signal" for religious intolerance.
They supported the political agenda of an intolerant board member and shunned one of America's most important playwrights.
Why is the Jewish leadership afraid to say that Israel today is facing extremism, injustice and intolerance.
The announcement is rare in the world of male-dominated hip hop and R&B, which has long struggled with sexual intolerance, and homophobic lyrics have often gone unchecked.
Southbound travelers into Colorado Springs are seeing an ugly sign of intolerance.

In science:

We have to keep in mind that an increase in upset rate in the serializer can be expected when clocked at high frequency, but we don’t expect an intolerable rate of soft errors.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
What then is the false thing forcing the isomorphism theorem proof to be so intolerant? The problem is probably in quadratic stable algebra (surgery, L-theory).
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Tolerant or intolerant character of interacting criteria in aggregation by the Choquet integral.
Weighted lattice polynomials of independent random variables
In particular the flatness of the plates, as specified by commercial standards, exceeds the requirements by intolerable amounts.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
Biased coin design with imbalance intolerance.
Exact properties of Efron's biased coin randomization procedure