Definition of bigot in US English:



  • A person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.

    ‘don't let a few small-minded bigots destroy the good image of the city’
    ‘he was a fanatical bigot’
    • ‘Should we condemn a generation of older people as bigots and racists purely because they use the language of their day?’
    • ‘They are incorrigibly racist, uncultured bigots, workaholics, crude and gross.’
    • ‘Such acts are committed by racists and bigots who were racist and bigoted long before July 7th.’
    • ‘I'd be branded a heartless bigot, racist and drummed out of office in about 1 day.’
    • ‘It did not emerge, fully formed, from the Scottish parliament under pressure from religious bigots.’
    • ‘But calling someone a racist or a bigot says that his ideas have no place in the democratic public square.’
    • ‘One inflammatory bumper sticker alleges the religious right are bigots, among other things.’
    • ‘Justice and decency were the very things the religious bigots of all denominations hated and feared most, as they still do today.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, political correctness just means that racists and bigots have to be more subtle.’
    • ‘Racists, bigots and cranks should be free to say what they like because society is composed of people who have the ability to make up their own minds.’
    • ‘If the Lords was convinced it was no longer necessary, it seems to me only a homophobic bigot would keep going on about it.’
    • ‘He's out to put religious bigots in the same moral and legal bracket as racists.’
    • ‘At least before the new lingo was adopted by all, it was easier to identify the bigots and sexists in a room.’
    • ‘So yeah, I'm homophobic and I could be mistaken for being a racist bigot too.’
    • ‘Certainly I'm not comfortable giving my name and address to homophobic right-wing bigots.’
    • ‘Are these the words of the racists, the bigots, the ignorant, the xenophobes or the just plain stupid?’
    • ‘He's an unrepentant bigot, plus an idiot who knows nothing about football.’
    • ‘He's tackled terrorists and serial killers, racists and bigots, pimps and dealers and gangsters.’
    • ‘Religious believers, bigots in particular, struggle with a logical problem.’
    • ‘We are thick and ignorant just as we are fair and enlightened and a relative proportion of us are bigots and racists.’
    dogmatist, partisan, sectarian, prejudiced person
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Late 16th century (denoting a superstitious religious hypocrite): from French, of unknown origin.