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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Their actions, especially Logan’s, aren’t so much about doing the right thing as not being seen as wrong – as bigots. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "In “The Thanksgiving Play,” cultural correctness, “enlightened white allies” and the perils of being “woke”," 19 Nov. 2019 In a sane society, racists and bigots don’t get monuments. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: There is no gray area in Stapleton name debate (8/30/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 Besides, is that really going to change a bigot’s mind? Kevin Cullen,, "If you’re always woke, you’re never rested," 5 Sep. 2019 Matt Shuham: Anonymous internet bigots are a dime a dozen. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Google’s internal activism is spreading across tech companies," 14 Aug. 2019 Actor-filmmaker Xavier Dolan (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) plays Adrian Mellon, a gay man who, in King’s novel, is attacked by a group of bigots while out with his boyfriend after an earlier incident at a carnival. Nick Romano,, "It Chapter Two director on adapting the book's hate crime scene," 22 Aug. 2019 Uncensored online forums can become co-opted by bigots and harassers, silencing their less powerful targets. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How the biggest decentralized social network is dealing with its Nazi problem," 12 July 2019 Wherever performance can be measured, the scope to discriminate on other grounds rather dwindles, which is why there are few bigots or nepotists in charge of professional sports teams. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Why UK prime minister candidate Sajid Javid chose a career in banking," 18 June 2019 These parties are routinely portrayed as little more than a refuge for bigots, Rust Belt rejects, victims of the Great Recession and angry old white men. Matthew Goodwin, WSJ, "Europe’s Populists Are Here to Stay," 14 June 2019

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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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The first known use of bigot was in 1660

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Bigot.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of bigot

disapproving : a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)


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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