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bigot

[big-uh t] /ˈbɪg ət/
noun
1.
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French (Old French: derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans), perhaps < Old English bī God by God
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Examples from the web for bigot
  • The bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you put upon it, the more it will contract.
  • Stop being a political bigot and putting words in our mouths.
  • The sincerity of either man can only be doubted by the bigot and the fool.
  • It's not a big shame to be a bigot these days.
  • Many of his political opponents consider him a racist bigot.
  • Anyone can be a bigot, in any context.
  • Obviously this writer is just another arrogant bigot full of himself.
  • Perhaps it's worth making it clear that they'll relax the law for her because she has the right to be a bigot.
  • To be a bigot means that you hold negative views of a group despite evidence.
British Dictionary definitions for bigot

bigot

/ˈbɪɡət/
noun
1.
a person who is intolerant of any ideas other than his or her own, esp on religion, politics, or race
Derived Forms
bigoted, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Old French: name applied contemptuously to the Normans by the French, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bigot
n.

1590s, "sanctimonious person, religious hypocrite," from French bigot (12c.), of unknown origin. Earliest French use of the word is as the name of a people apparently in southern Gaul, which led to the now-doubtful, on phonetic grounds, theory that the word comes from Visigothus. The typical use in Old French seems to have been as a derogatory nickname for Normans, the old theory (not universally accepted) being that it springs from their frequent use of the Germanic oath bi God. But OED dismisses in a three-exclamation-mark fury one fanciful version of the "by god" theory as "absurdly incongruous with facts." At the end, not much is left standing except Spanish bigote "mustache," which also has been proposed but not explained, and the chief virtue of which as a source seems to be there is no evidence for or against it.

In support of the "by God" theory, as a surname Bigott, Bygott are attested in Normandy and in England from the 11c., and French name etymology sources (e.g. Dauzat) explain it as a derogatory name applied by the French to the Normans and representing "by god." The English were known as goddamns 200 years later in Joan of Arc's France, and during World War I Americans serving in France were said to be known as les sommobiches (see also son of a bitch). But the sense development in bigot is difficult to explain. According to Donkin, the modern use first appears in French 16c. This and the earliest English sense, "religious hypocrite," especially a female one, might have been influenced by beguine and the words that cluster around it. Sense extended 1680s to other than religious opinions.

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bigot in Technology


A person who is religiously attached to a particular computer, language, operating system, editor, or other tool (see religious issues). Usually found with a specifier; thus, "Cray bigot", "ITS bigot", "APL bigot", "VMS bigot", "Berkeley bigot". Real bigots can be distinguished from mere partisans or zealots by the fact that they refuse to learn alternatives even when the march of time and/or technology is threatening to obsolete the favoured tool. It is truly said "You can tell a bigot, but you can't tell him much." Compare weenie.
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