Meaning of Intolerance

What is Intolerance:

Intolerance is the ability or ability that a person possesses not to bear opinions different from his. The word intolerance is of Latin origin intolerance.

Intolerance is synonymous with intransigence, stubbornness, stubbornness, stubbornness for not respecting people who have different thoughts, whether in the political, religious, cultural, sexual, racial, etc. In reference to the above, it can be deduced that intolerance is an anti-value that does not allow a good coexistence between people.

The term intolerable is an adjective that describes something or someone that cannot be tolerated, for example: when a situation of child abuse is observed, it becomes intolerable for those who experience the situation as well as for those who observe it or, the individual who he does not accept ideas other than his, one can say "it is intolerable to be with him" or "how intolerant he is!"

Likewise, an intolerant person can commit other offenses such as: discrimination, aggression, disrespect, the product of a lack of tolerance for ideas different from oneself. Therefore, intolerance is a negative attitude that affects relationships between others.

On the other hand, intolerance is a set of opposite reactions to the action of a product, be it food, drink or medicine. In reference to this point, certain people cannot ingest a certain food or medicine because it produces adverse reactions and it can be observed through certain symptoms such as: vomiting, gastritis pain, among others.

See also Defects of a person.

Alimentary intolerance

Food intolerance is characterized by the inability to consume certain types of food since they produce adverse reactions on the health of the individual.

Likewise, the most common food intolerance is lactose intolerance occurs in certain people due to the absence of the digestive enzyme lactase that is responsible for breaking down milk sugar, there are also other intolerances such as: intolerance to gluten product of celiac disease which is a disorder in the small intestine caused by an allergic reaction to gluten. Likewise, gluten is a protein present in wheat, barley, oats, and sometimes in medicines, vitamins, among others.

Fructose intolerance, first of all, fructose is a fruit sugar that occurs naturally in the human body and, therefore, any person who is fructose intolerant is a product of the lack of protein that can breaking down fructose, likewise, is the lack of the enzyme aldolase B. However, artificial fructose is present in sweeteners, foods, and beverages.

Symptoms to food reactions can be respiratory, skin, gastrointestinal and systemic.

Religious intolerance

Religious intolerance is the rejection of the religious beliefs or practices of other individuals. In reference to this point, the United Nations World Organization, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, contemplates the freedom of expression of religious beliefs and prohibits discrimination on religious grounds.

See also Religious tolerance.

Ethnic intolerance

Ethnic intolerance is the discrimination of a group of people product of their ethnic-cultural origin such as: symbols, ways of life, languages, beliefs, etc. or, due to their physical characteristics in order to harm the enjoyment and exercise of rights and freedoms fundamentals of people. However, ethnic intolerance should not be confused with the term racism, since the latter is based solely on physical or biological characteristics and qualifies races that are superior to others.

See also Discrimination.


Xenophobia is intolerance or rejection of foreigners, however, this word is extended to ethnic groups, different from those to which the individual does not belong. This phenomenon is observed in places where 2 or more communities of different cultures, religions or languages ​​coexist. Xenophobia is based on the different cultural, religious, historical or other prejudices with the unknown product of situations that interfered in the life of the individual.

For more information, I recommend reading our Xenophobia article.


Homophobia is the rejection or exclusion of homosexual people. Likewise, this word is extended to transsexual, bisexual and metrosexual people. However, in the religious sphere, it can be said that there are homophobic religions since they do not allow homosexuality as a human condition.

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