A bigot is someone who doesn't tolerate people of different races or religions. If you have an uncle who is a bigot and tells racist jokes at Thanksgiving, you may need to talk to him and tell him it's not okay.

A bigot can also be someone who refuses to accept other ideas, as in politics. This word was borrowed from Middle French, but the French word is of uncertain origin. In Old French bigot was a term of abuse for Normans, and possibly related to the oath bi got "by God." In English and French, a bigot was originally a hypocrite, a person who claims to have certain moral beliefs but whose behavior doesn't match those beliefs. A bigot was specifically a hypocritical professor of religion, but the connection with the current sense of bigot is not clear.

Definitions of bigot
  1. noun
    a prejudiced person who is intolerant of any opinions differing from his own
    see moresee less
    show 7 types...
    hide 7 types...
    a person with a prejudiced belief in the superiority of his or her own kind
    someone who does not believe in the social or economic or political equality of men and women
    a person who hates or fears homosexual people
    racialist, racist
    a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to others
    sectarian, sectarist, sectary
    a member of a sect
    segregationist, segregator
    someone who believes the races should be kept apart
    male chauvinist, sexist
    a man with a chauvinistic belief in the inferiority of women
    type of:
    drumbeater, partisan, zealot
    a fervent and even militant proponent of something
Word Family

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week


  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week