bigotry

noun
big·​ot·​ry | \ ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio) \
plural bigotries

Definition of bigotry

1 : obstinate or intolerant devotion to one's own opinions and prejudices : the state of mind of a bigot overcoming his own bigotry
2 : acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot racial bigotry will not tolerate bigotry in our organization

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Examples of bigotry in a Sentence

a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Recent Examples on the Web The wave of bigotry propelled Riley to advocate for her community. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Pride defender Ali Riley speaks out against rise anti-Asian racism," 20 Feb. 2021 But that, in turn, touched off a wave of bigotry on social media, directed at the couple as well as others who publicly supported them. NBC News, "'Your kind is not welcome': Homophobic confrontation sparks debate in Wyoming," 7 Dec. 2020 The move follows outrage over Greene's use of social media to promote bigotry, anti-Semitism and violence against Democrats linked to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group known as QAnon. Steve Peoples, Chron, "GOP eyes path to power by making peace with the far right," 5 Feb. 2021 The move follows outrage over Greene's use of social media to promote bigotry, anti-Semitism and violence against Democrats linked to the pro-Trump conspiracy theory group known as QAnon. Steve Peoples, Star Tribune, "GOP eyes path to power by making peace with the far right," 4 Feb. 2021 Throughout his term, Trump openly waged war on democratic institutions and deployed a politics of conspicuous cruelty, bigotry, and division. David Remnick, The New Yorker, "The Biden Era Begins," 7 Nov. 2020 And when Black people weren't being subjected to outright bigotry and violence on film, the relationships depicted were low-key toxic and the complete opposite of #CoupleGoals. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Years Of Traumatic Black Love Stories Left Me Emotionally Unprepared For The Normalcy Of Sylvie’s Love," 30 Dec. 2020 Proust, the conflicted son of a doting Jewish mother and a distant Catholic father, speaks to the historian who mapped the shifting sands of identity in a period when tolerance and assimilation vied with bigotry and harassment. Boyd Tonkin, WSJ, "‘Proustian Uncertainties’: Where Memory Leads," 4 Dec. 2020 Muslims of all ethnicities and backgrounds are experiencing prejudice, bigotry and discrimination, which continued to manifest in countless ways throughout the past four years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: This was my first time voting in a presidential election. I felt both empowered and empty.," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of bigotry

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bigotry

see bigot

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The first known use of bigotry was in 1632

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“Bigotry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bigotry. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for bigotry

bigotry

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bigotry

: bigoted acts or beliefs

bigotry

noun
big·​ot·​ry | \ ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio) \

Kids Definition of bigotry

: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

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