big·​ot | \ ˈbi-gət How to pronounce bigot (audio) \

Definition of bigot

: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (such as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

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Examples of bigot in a Sentence

"It's scandalous," he said, in the tones once used by Colonel Blimp, Britain's best-loved bigot, who adorned the pages of the Evening Standard throughout the 1930s. — Nicholas Fraser, Harper's, September 1996 A bigot is a hater, she said. A bigot hates Catholics. A bigot hates Jews.  … It's no sin to be poor, she said. It is a sin to be a bigot. Don't ever be one of them. — Pete Hamill, A Drinking Life, 1994 One had always to be mindful, moreover, that being a black scholar did not exempt one from the humiliations and indignities that a society with more than its share of bigots can heap upon a black person, regardless of education … — John Hope Franklin, "John Hope Franklin: A Life of Learning," 1988, in Race and History1989 He was labeled a bigot after making some offensive comments. an incorrigible bigot who hasn't entertained a new thought in years
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Recent Examples on the Web Webb is not incriminated as a racist or bigot, but as a servant of bigots. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Harriet Tubman Space Telescope," 15 Mar. 2021 Racial tension flares up among an ex-cop, a bigot and a black entertainer who band together to rob a bank. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 Liberals reviled him as a hateful blowhard and a bigot. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Rush Limbaugh was Trump before Trump," 19 Feb. 2021 Liberals called him a bigot, a sexist and a partisan propagandist with a profoundly mean streak. Mary Mcnamara, Star Tribune, "Rush Limbaugh died as he lived — dividing America," 19 Feb. 2021 She’s a xenophobe and a bigot who ruthlessly abused her position today to slander a woman, who has absolutely nothing to do with the daily business of Parler, simply because she was born outside of the United States. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "House Oversight Committee demands FBI investigation into Parler's supposed 'planning and incitement' of Capitol riot," 21 Jan. 2021 More to the point, however, calling someone a bigot is also free speech. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Samuel Alito Is Tired of Winning," 13 Nov. 2020 The group’s escape from Simonsville is the first heart-pounding flight from a bigot — or, in this case, a pack of bigots — on fast wheels. Ariana Romero,, "Lovecraft Country Series Premiere Recap: Here Be Monsters," 19 Aug. 2020 Actor-filmmaker Xavier Dolan (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan) plays Adrian Mellon, a gay man who, in King’s novel, is attacked by a group of bigots while out with his boyfriend after an earlier incident at a carnival. Nick Romano,, "It Chapter Two director on adapting the book's hate crime scene," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bigot

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bigot

French, hypocrite, bigot

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20 Mar 2021

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“Bigot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bigot

disapproving : a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)


big·​ot | \ ˈbi-gət How to pronounce bigot (audio) \

Kids Definition of bigot

: a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group

Other Words from bigot

bigoted \ -​gə-​təd \ adjective

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