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One well-known theory states that the word derives from an Old French derogatory term applied to the religiously zealous Normans, who were said to be known for frequently uttering "by God", an oath to express veracity or faith (compare Old English bī god, Middle High German bī got, Middle Dutch bi gode), and which can be compared with the French term goddams to refer to the English during Joan of Arc's time. Liberman however dismisses this as having "too strong a taste of a folk etymological guess invented in retrospect" and supports instead Grammont et al.'s derivation of the Old French word from Albigot (“Albigensian heretic”) .
bigot (plural bigots)
- (derogatory) One who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
- Don't call me a bigot. That's extremely rude!
- One who is strongly partial to one's own group (e.g. religion, race, gender, political party, etc.) and is intolerant of those who differ.
- bigot in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “bigot”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- bigot at OneLook Dictionary Search
bigot m (plural bigots)
- “bigot” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
bìgot m (Cyrillic spelling бѝгот)
- “bigot” in Hrvatski jezični portal