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

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THE UNITED STATES of the early 20th century was a nation stewing in bigotry. David Scharfenberg,, "The US military: The greatest social engineering machine ever built," 9 June 2018 What weighs us down is the continued disregard among too many of us for bigotry’s potential impact on those who are deliberately or inadvertently subjected to it. Tyrone Beason / Columnist, The Seattle Times, "Clueless or not, vandals in Seattle committed racist act by damaging ‘Black Teen’ artworks," 3 Sep. 2018 Proceeds from the medal were donated to the the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a non-profit organization that combats bigotry and advocates for vulnerable populations. Kwegyirba Croffie And Madeleine Thompson, CNN, "Family auctions Nobel medal for $187,000. Donates it to fight hate," 2 June 2018 Cornell's focus — to excuse them for serious bigotry — was large animals. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 But the bigotry expressed in his words falls right in line with Victoria's Secret's brand ethos: their exclusionary business practices have alienated consumers for decades. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "ThirdLove Responds to Victoria's Secret Exec Ed Razek's Comments About Their Brand," 17 Nov. 2018 And the Muslim passenger Ali (also Duckart) is on the receiving end of anti-Arab bigotry that flared after 9/11. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘Come From Away’ at 5th Avenue Theatre is openhearted and exhilarating," 16 Oct. 2018 Firms like Kaye Scholer benefited enormously from the downtown firms’ bigotry. Michael Blechman, WSJ, "‘Diversity’ Looks a Lot Like Old-Fashioned Discrimination," 10 Aug. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bigotry

: bigoted acts or beliefs


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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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