big·​ot·​ry | \ ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio) \
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

Examples of bigotry in a Sentence

a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Recent Examples on the Web One side represents cruelty, bigotry and animosity that directly leads to violence and the other is simply human decency. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2022 The two had both moved from the United States to France in their young adult years in hopes of escaping bigotry and violence, a fact that was to support the spine of the story. Brooklyn White, Essence, 6 May 2022 Ignorance and bigotry allowed much of America to emotionally divorce itself from the crime. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 If Gervais & Chappelle want yell their transphobic bigotry into a void, fine. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 30 May 2022 For my community, names are potent symbols that can encompass the dynamics on display that day in South Florida: bigotry, shame, fear, but also pride. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Another gap that some singles have trouble bridging is finding an LGBTQ connection, without the bigotry, bias or outright ignorance. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 25 Dec. 2021 Neither the Buffalo murderer nor the Brooklyn subway shooter needed to augment their bigotry with institutional power to achieve their heinous acts, suggesting limits to the explanatory power of fashionable liberal theories about race. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 18 May 2022 But her mother, 73, an immigrant from China, doesn’t get offended, preferring to view such remarks as coming from a place of ignorance, not bigotry, Forrest said. Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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26 Jun 2022

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“Bigotry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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big·​ot·​ry | \ ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio) \

Kids Definition of bigotry

: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

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