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

Examples of bigotry in a Sentence

a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Recent Examples on the Web His wife, Martha-Ann, left the hearing room in tears when Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, defended Justice Alito from the charge that his membership in an alumni group was evidence of bigotry. Adam Liptak, New York Times, 4 May 2022 This blatant double standard is the textbook definition of bigotry. Ushma S. Neill And Lala Tanmoy Das, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 For much of its history, the Democratic Party was a vehicle for segregation and racial bigotry. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Apr. 2022 For them, like their counterparts in a real world afflicted with virulent new strains of old hatreds, the return of society’s repressed bigotry represents the same existential threat that Harper poses to Kirby. Judy Berman, Time, 22 Apr. 2022 The contest annually awards $100,000 in scholarships and prizes to middle and high school upstanders speaking out against bias and bigotry through essay writing and songwriting. cleveland, 22 Apr. 2022 In truth, such people’s bigotry is always fully loaded. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2022 Its central commentary is that generational trauma, political maneuvering, and the weaponizing of hate and bigotry leave reverberating, kaiju-size impacts on society. Eric Vilas-boas And John Maher, Vulture, 7 Oct. 2021 Different opinions should not be considered hate or bigotry. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 5 July 2021 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Bigotry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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