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
  1. noun
    unwillingness to recognize and respect differences in opinions or beliefs
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    willingness to recognize and respect the beliefs or practices of others
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    insularity, 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
  2. noun
    impatience with annoyances
    “his intolerance of interruptions”
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    a dislike of anything that causes delay
  3. noun
    inability to properly absorb or digest a drug, food, or other substance
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    pathological sensitivity
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