big·​ot·​ry ˈbi-gə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio)
plural bigotries
: obstinate or intolerant devotion to one's own opinions and prejudices : the state of mind of a bigot
overcoming his own bigotry
: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot
racial bigotry
will not tolerate bigotry in our organization

Example Sentences

a deeply ingrained bigotry prevented her from even considering the counterarguments
Recent Examples on the Web In this demented frame, the search for solutions, the calling-out of bigotry, and the acknowledgment of chilling rise of political violence are all unacceptable. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 25 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, for many relatives of the Doodler victims, the horror from that age of bigotry and fear so long ago is never far away. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Jan. 2023 After Trump hosted two outspoken antisemites for dinner last month, Biden tweeted a blunt condemnation of bigotry, second gentleman Doug Emhoff hosted a summit for Jewish leaders, and the White House launched a new task force to combat antisemitism. Toluse Olorunnipa, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Dec. 2022 Tuberville’s history of trafficking in bigotry backs that up. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 10 Oct. 2022 Also stands up against rise in bigotry, without naming any names … hang on, Gaga and Liza freaking Minnelli?!? Mary Mcnamara, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2022 In an effort to curb bigotry against mutantkind, the Avengers and the X-Men formed a collaboration portrayed in Uncanny Avengers, led by longtime Avenger Wasp and the X-Man Havok. Joe George, Men's Health, 16 Feb. 2023 Garrett answered that the hat represented hate and bigotry to many, according to court records. oregonlive, 3 Jan. 2023 He Yanxin likewise struggled against sexist bigotry as a widow raising children alone. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


see bigot

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bigotry was in 1632

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Cite this Entry

“Bigotry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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big·​ot·​ry ˈbig-ə-trē How to pronounce bigotry (audio)
plural bigotries
: the state of mind of a bigot
: behavior or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

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