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 Suggesting equivalence between the Smithsonian’s supposed intransigence and Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant bigotry is unfair. Washington Post, "How a rock wall and pool of water have thrown a wrench into the redesign of Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden," 16 Apr. 2021 If notable shares of each were willing to back Trump despite his overt bigotry, how might more subdued conservatives perform in the years ahead? Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Maddening Cowardice Is Carrying Over into the Biden Era," 25 Nov. 2020 Later in the episode, Roseanne confronts her own bigotry when a man comes to her diner at closing time. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Race in America on ’90s sitcoms: How they addressed it then," 17 Nov. 2020 For some, Trump’s strong showing is a sign that bigotry prevails. Editors, USA TODAY, "Presidential race inches closer, protesters gather, US hits COVID-19 milestone: 5 things to know Thursday," 5 Nov. 2020 After each case, Asian-Americans express shock and pain but point to a long history of bigotry that has been magnified during the pandemic. New York Times, "To Combat Anti-Asian Attacks, New Yorkers Join Neighborhood Watch Patrols," 8 Apr. 2021 In others, it is accompanied by the same type of bigotry these schools condemn. Wencong Fa, WSJ, "Schools Offer Empty Words to Asians," 25 Mar. 2021 Now, a recent spate of attacks against Asians, punctuated by the mass shooting in Atlanta last week that killed eight people, including six Asian women, have put a spotlight on more mundane incidents of bigotry. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, "Ignore, explain or fight back? How Asian Americans deal with racism," 25 Mar. 2021 Nishikawa Chávez and other Asians in San Antonio say it’s time for more Asians to stand up, speak out and report hate crimes and other incidents of bigotry. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Donald Trump spoke of the 'China virus' and 'kung flu' - but anti-Asian bigotry long predates the pandemic," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Bigotry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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