Intolerance — or an unwillingness to accept the beliefs or behavior of someone different from you — is not a quality you want to have. Intolerance is what leads to hate crimes and discrimination.

The word intolerance comes from a combination of the Latin in- meaning “not” and tolerantem meaning "to bear, endure.” Intolerance is not being able to bear or endure beliefs that are different from your own. You may commonly hear of it used with respect to religious intolerance, which is an unwillingness to accept different religious beliefs.

Definitions of intolerance

n unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs

willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
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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
exaggerated religious zealotry
zero tolerance
extreme intolerance of antisocial behavior (usually by an uncompromising application of the law)
a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish
narrowness of mind or ideas or views
a lack of sophistication
denominationalism, sectarianism
a narrow-minded adherence to a particular sect or party or denomination
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attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n impatience with annoyances

“his intolerance of interruptions”
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a dislike of anything that causes delay

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