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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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"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 The same can be said of the hope and change espousing Black guy being elected president and succeeded by a bigot. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, "Cory Booker Offered Love And Hope When People Crave Change," 15 Jan. 2020 Christian Jarrett, a cognitive neuroscientist turned science writer, has weighed with ten ways science has proven that human beings are insufferable bigots by nature. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?," 4 Dec. 2019 His characterization of James II as a sincere believer in religious toleration and liberty undone by Protestant bigots confuses the king’s short-term political calculations for actual beliefs. James P. Sutton, National Review, "In Defense of the Glorious Revolution," 19 July 2019 While plenty of bigots exercise that freedom, so, too, have those at the forefront of every positive social change, from abolitionists to the suffragists to the leaders of movements for African American civil rights and gay equality. James Kirchick, Twin Cities, "James Kirchick: No, America doesn’t need a hate speech law," 10 Nov. 2019 Rowling, who is an ardent critic of Trump and a political liberal, likely knew that she would be attacked as a bigot and called on to apologize. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 Upon learning of her suspension, many users from Baltimore tweeted their objections, noting that the site is home to other users who are trolls and bigots and arguing Lewis had done nothing wrong. Luke Broadwater,, "Twitter suspends Baltimore delegate for ‘excessive’ use of hashtags while tweeting about transit and climate," 27 Sep. 2019 The bigots and bullies, in other words, are getting away with it. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "A prosecutor won’t do her job so bigots are getting away with hate crimes in D.C.," 22 Aug. 2019 Critics allege that his quips are not gaffes, but deliberate dog-whistles to bigots — a populist tactic straight out of the Donald Trump playbook. Washington Post, "From punchline to political star: the rise of Boris Johnson," 13 Dec. 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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12 Feb 2020

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“Bigot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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