WORD ORIGIN noun an area of the U.S., chiefly in the South and Midwest, noted for its religious fundamentalism. Origin of Bible Belt
An Americanism dating back to
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British Dictionary definitions for bible belt noun the Bible Belt those states of the S US where Protestant fundamentalism is dominant
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Word Origin and History for bible belt n.
1926, reputedly coined by H.L. Mencken.
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Culture definitions for bible belt
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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