big·​ot | \ ˈbi-gət How to pronounce bigot (audio) \

Definition of bigot

: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

Examples of bigot in a Sentence

"It's scandalous," he said, in the tones once used by Colonel Blimp, Britain's best-loved bigot, who adorned the pages of the Evening Standard throughout the 1930s. — Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996 A bigot is a hater, she said. A bigot hates Catholics. A bigot hates Jews.  … It's no sin to be poor, she said. It is a sin to be a bigot. Don't ever be one of them. — Pete Hamill, A Drinking Life, 1994 One had always to be mindful, moreover, that being a black scholar did not exempt one from the humiliations and indignities that a society with more than its share of bigots can heap upon a black person, regardless of education … — John Hope Franklin, "John Hope Franklin: A Life of Learning," 1988, in Race and History1989 He was labeled a bigot after making some offensive comments. an incorrigible bigot who hasn't entertained a new thought in years
Recent Examples on the Web Now she has been labeled a transphobe, a bigot and worse. Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2022 The condemned man shot a bigot in self-defense, but murder is murder. Colin Marshall, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2022 Stroman is not going to back down from a fight, especially to a bigot and racist. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2022 This forces the accused to undergo an investigation while being publicly tarred as a bigot. John Hasnas, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 While filming the fourth season of Community in 2012 — where the actor played a bigot named Pierce Hawthorne — the show paused production after Chase reportedly used the N-word in an argument with showrunner Dan Harmon. Andrea Towers,, 15 Feb. 2022 The mainstream media presented Mr. Trump daily as a bigot whose policies would harm the interests of racial and ethnic minorities. Jason L. Riley, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The German priest was himself a bigot, who persecuted Jews and favored death for heretics. Jim Beckerman, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 Well, what about the detail that the founder of Payne Motors is described as a bigot, a theme that echoes the real Henry Ford? Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, 2 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bigot

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bigot

French, hypocrite, bigot

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19 May 2022

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“Bigot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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big·​ot | \ ˈbi-gət How to pronounce bigot (audio) \

Kids Definition of bigot

: a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group

Other Words from bigot

bigoted \ -​gə-​təd \ adjective

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