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Trump Calls Clinton a 'Bigot'

Remarks at a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi, send thousands to the dictionary


Bigot spiked dramatically in lookups on August 24th, after comments made by Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Jackson, Mississippi.

The word originally meant “a superstitious religious hypocrite.”

As Donald Trump listed the ways that he would make life better for African Americans living in poverty, he suddenly shouted, "Hillary Clinton is a bigot!"
-Sean Sullivan and Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post, 24 Aug., 2016

The current definition of bigot is “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 (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance.” However, when the word first entered the English language (borrowed from French at the end of the 16th century) it had the meaning of “a superstitious religious hypocrite.”

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