bigotry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bigotry the intolerance and prejudice of a bigot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bigotry The practice or tenets of a bigot.
    • Bigotry The state of mind of a bigot; obstinate and unreasoning attachment of one's own belief and opinions, with narrow-minded intolerance of beliefs opposed to them.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bigotry The character or mode of thought of a bigot; obstinate and unreasonable attachment to a particular creed, opinion, practice, ritual, or party organization; excessive zeal or warmth in favor of a party, sect, or opinion; intolerance of the opinions of others.
    • n bigotry Synonyms Credulity, Fanaticism, etc. (see superstition), narrow-mindedness, prejudice, intolerance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bigotry blind or excessive zeal, esp. in religious matters
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Quotations

  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
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    “Bigotry dwarfs the soul by shutting out the truth.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Bigotry murders religion to frighten fools with her ghost.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.”
  • Horace Greeley
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    “There is no bigotry like that of free thought run to seed.”
  • Heraclitus
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    “Bigotry is the sacred disease.”
  • Mary Hays
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    “Fashions in bigotry come and go. The right thing lasts.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. bigoterie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.; of dub. origin; variously conn. with Visigoth, they being Arians, while the Franks were orthodox; with Sp. bigote, a moustache; with Beguine (q.v.); and by Wace with a worthless legend that the Norman Rollo, in refusing to kiss the foot of Charles the Simple, said, 'Ne se, bi got.'

Usage

In literature:

Bigotry persecuted to the grave the lifeless reliques of the man of genius.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
When the schoolteacher's turn shall come, then let tyranny and bigotry beware.
"Aztec Land" by Maturin M. Ballou
True, bigotry barked there too, but culture went on its serene course.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
For the same old hydra seemed to be still alive on earth, lifting, by turns, its separate heads of envy, intolerance, bigotry and greed.
"The Crimson Tide" by Robert W. Chambers
But equally important were his freedom from religious bigotry and his devotion to the interests of his own people.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
We would not cultivate bigotry even in a good cause.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
The last kick of bigotry against the broken-hearted Freethinker was given.
"Ancient and Modern Celebrated Freethinkers" by Charles Bradlaugh, A. Collins, and J. Watts
Allies may well be needed, sometimes, in such a battle with bigotry.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
His bigotry is crawling, cowardly, abject, and contemptible.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Or do they reflect the intolerance, the bigotry, the hatred of the carnal mind?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He showed his bigotry and lack of tolerance in his treatment of Zwingli, of Calvin, and of Erasmus.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
But during the brief period of Portugal's glory, tyranny and bigotry went hand in hand.
"The Origins and Destiny of Imperial Britain" by J. A. Cramb
His learning was the bigotry of literature.
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Social and religious bigotry burned scientific men with political ardor.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
The leaden mace of bigotry had struck and shivered the exquisitely tempered steel of Greek philosophy.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
The mother of bigotry and superstitious fear; the father of duplicity and craven cowardice!
"Solaris Farm" by Milan C. Edson
But where you find most bigotry and ignorance, there you will find the negro hated most violently.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
Instead of wise counsel he encountered only precepts tending to bigotry and intolerance.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
With wonder and sorrow I go back in thought to the ages of intolerance and bigotry.
"Optimism" by Helen Keller
His liberal and independent spirit scorns to lead a miserable existence under the rod of priestly bigotry.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
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In poetry:

But, shame to popish cruelty,
And popish want of faith !
This victim to fierce bigotry
Here met a painful death !
"Enigma XLVI." by Elizabeth Hitchener
On Friburg's towers she lighted,
And the Lawine rushed below;
And the blackness of long bigotry
Was swept as white as snow.
"The March Of Freedom" by Ernest Jones
Bigotry tries to keep turth safe in its hand
with a grip that kills it.
Wishing to hearten a timid lamp
great night lights all her stars.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
(For Bigotry stalk'd o'er the land,
And cruel priests refus'd
Interment to the dear remains,
Of one who ne'er had own'd their chains,
And was, in Superstition's fanes,
Of heresy accused.)
"Enigma XIX." by Elizabeth Hitchener
Did'st thou not flinch when t'ward the Christian west
The fell invasion of the Saracen
Headed its course with crimson scimitar;
Supplanting the mild precepts of the Cross
With those of lust, of hate and bigotry?
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Bigotry should have no place in Tennessee politics.
A gang of Republican leaders in various Tennessee counties is embarrassing its party and our state by spewing bigotry toward one of Gov Bill Haslam's recent hires.
Tea party bigotry , paranoia boil over.
DETROIT – Arab-Americans and their supporters held a conference in Detroit on Sunday against bigotry in response to an anti-Islam conference in Dearborn, Mich.
Will Romney Squash GOP Anti-Gay Bigotry .
Lawmaker Uses KKK Mailing To Discuss Bigotry In Idaho.
Easter or Passover, season is a good time to scrap prejudice, bigotry .
The Soft Bigotry of Kony 2012.
Bigotry in sports is nothing new.
Real-life top guns battle bigotry and Nazis in George Lucas' take on Tuskegee Airmen.
Readers speak out on anti-Muslim bigotry , driving safely, candidate memory lapses and more.
'All-American Muslim,' business and bigotry : Lowe's pulls advertisements from TLC series (column).
Believing 'eternal truths' on homosexuality is not ' bigotry .
Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.
I am very disturbed by the racial bigotry evident in a recent article by Mr Wells (Ed Wells: Election '12 was personal).
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