big·​ot·​ry | \ˈbi-gə-trē \
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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Within these data are intriguing signs about the timing and direction of this bigotry. Brian Levin, James J. Nolan, CBS News, "New data shows US hate crimes continued to rise in 2017," 26 June 2018 So Sanders decided to have some hard conversations with white guests about bigotry and how to solve it. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 50 Best Podcasts to Listen to Right Now," 30 Mar. 2018 There is no place for bigotry or discrimination in our foster and adoption systems – or in any part of our democracy. NBC News, "House Republicans advance adoption amendment critics say is 'anti-LGBTQ'," 12 July 2018 Recent ratings appear to be a slew of one star ratings from customers calling Phillips out for bigotry. Mahita Gajanan, Fortune, "Yelp Reviews Have Tanked for the Colorado Bakery at Center of Same-Sex Wedding Cake Case," 5 June 2018 Despite the institutional bigotry, however, the sheriff and local prosecutor decide a white man committed the rape and not a black man. Randy Dotinga, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Beneath a Ruthless Sun' is a wrenching story of bigotry – and an inspiring tale of heroes," 26 Apr. 2018 Its approximately 2,400 African Americans constituted 0.3 percent, its Catholics 8 percent, and its Jews 0.1 percent of the population, and this demography was both cause and effect of its history of bigotry. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Inner Loop Holocaust Museum Houston Chronicles the role hatred, bigotry and bias played during the Holocaust. Ana Khan, Houston Chronicle, "Local museums entertain, educate," 9 May 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 \

Kids Definition of bigotry

: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

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