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

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
Recent Examples on the Web For much of my adult life, economic policy in the United States followed a pattern: Democrats promised voters government largesse, and Republicans who objected were characterized as heartless bigots. Kevin A. Hassett, National Review, 11 Apr. 2024 But a bigot on this team — this team of all others — stuns the senses. Greg Cote, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 He was caught in a hot-mike moment describing an ordinary voter, who was complaining about taxes and immigration, as a bigot. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 There’s a sense of all things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small being worthy of life, despite what the film’s resident bigots and bullies might think. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2024 An unidentified Black man in the clip explains to students minorities can be bigots, express racial prejudice and engage in acts of discrimination against others. Kendrick Marshall, Charlotte Observer, 2 Mar. 2024 Specifically, both texts argue for the virtue of racial color-blindness, and for not acting as a bigot in any particular direction. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 22 Feb. 2024 What's most shocking isn't that there are anti-gay and anti-trans bigots in the world. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 Instead of denying accusations or attacking the conservative media critics who surfaced the problem as bigots, Zakaria candidly admitted the error. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2024

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Word History


French, hypocrite, bigot

First Known Use

1660, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigot was in 1660

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Cite this Entry

“Bigot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


big·​ot ˈbig-ət How to pronounce bigot (audio)
: a person who won't listen to anyone whose ideas or beliefs are different from his or her own
especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial group) with hatred and intolerance
bigoted adjective

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