big·​ot·​ry ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio)
plural bigotries
: obstinate or intolerant devotion to one's own opinions and prejudices : the state of mind of a bigot
overcoming his own bigotry
: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot
racial bigotry
will not tolerate bigotry in our organization

Examples of bigotry in a Sentence

a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to its anti-American propaganda, Bin Laden’s letter also included extensive antisemitic bigotry. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 And the traditional view of sexuality—common to Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—was recast as bigotry. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 The growing anxieties about potential violence on college campuses comes as many Jewish and Muslim people nationwide confront what advocacy organizations have described as a sharp uptick in antisemitism and Islamophobia, heightening fears of hate crimes and other forms of bigotry and persecution. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 Grabbed from the internet, these troves can be toxic — rife with pornography, misogyny, violence and bigotry. Szu Yu Chen, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2023 The universities are now supporting bigotry and genocide by allowing these protests. Greg Lukianoff, National Review, 25 Oct. 2023 Bush’s post-9/11 mosque visit seems rather quaint today, especially given the rest of his presidency would end up inflaming Islamophobia and bigotry, and pave the way for Trump’s unique brand of hostility years later. Hafiz Rashid, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2023 This urge to differentiate and define appears throughout the novel; so, too, do bias and bigotry. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 Perhaps the memory lingers, or it has been refreshed by the new fashion for anti-LGBTQ bigotry in national politics. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


see bigot

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigotry was in 1632

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“Bigotry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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big·​ot·​ry ˈbig-ə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio)
plural bigotries
: the state of mind of a bigot
: behavior or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

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