Bible Belt


Definition of Bible Belt

: an area chiefly in the southern U.S. whose inhabitants are believed to hold uncritical allegiance to the literal accuracy of the Bible broadly : an area characterized by ardent religious fundamentalism

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Bible Belter noun
… he was positively apoplectic over the notion of his editorial policy being dictated by a handful of Bible Belters. — Jim Murray

First Known Use of Bible Belt

1924, in the meaning defined above

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“Bible Belt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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