Bible Belt

Bible Belt

noun
an area of the U.S., chiefly in the South and Midwest, noted for its religious fundamentalism.

Origin:
1925–30, Americanism

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Bible Belt
 
n
the Bible Belt those states of the S US where Protestant fundamentalism is dominant

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Bible Belt
1926, reputedly coined by H.L. Mencken.
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Bible Belt definition


An area of the United States, including the South and parts of the Middle West, where fervent Protestant fundamentalism is strong. (See Scopes trial.)

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Bible belt

An area noted for religious fundamentalism; specifically, parts of the American South and Midwest. For example, You wouldn't dare try to sell a sex manual in the Bible belt. This term alludes to the prevalence of evangelical revivals, strict morals, belief in the literal truth of the Bible, and similar traits. [c. 1920]

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