Pronunciation Noun

bigot (plural bigots)

  1. One who is narrow-mindedly devoted to their own ideas and groups, and intolerant of (people of) differing ideas, races, genders, religions, politics, etc.
  2. (obsolete) One who is overly pious in matters of religion, often hypocritically or else superstitiously so.
    • 1653, Urquhart, translating Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais, book 1:
      He is no bigot or hypocrite, he is not torn and divided betwixt reality and appearance, no wretch of a rugged and peevish disposition, but honest, jovial, resolute, and a good fellow.
    • 1664, Henry More, A Modest Enquiry Into the Mystery of Iniquity, page 436:
      Thus one part of their Church becomes Sotts and Bigots; and the other that behold this Scene of things, though they profess themselves of their Church, become a company of profane Atheists and clancular Deriders of all Religion. […] Nay it is a question whether those that do more superstitiously cleave to them, doe it not rather in a kind of confusion and obstupefaction of mind out of fear and suspicion, then any determinate assurance or firm belief of the things they outwardly profess.
    • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 3:
      Donna Clara was a woman of a cold and grave temper, with all the solemnity of a Spaniard, and all the austerity of a bigot.
  • French: sectaire, intolérant, fanatique intolérant, fanatique intolérante
  • German: intoleranter Fanatiker, intolerante Fanatikerin, often with a strongly pejorative noun such as Hornochse or Idiot instead of "Mensch": engstirniger, intoleranter Mensch, bornierter Mensch, Kleingeist, Rassist, Piesepampel, Kantönligeist
  • Italian: fanatico, intollerante, estremista
  • Russian: (please verify) фана́тик (ru) m (fanátik), шовини́ст

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