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Bible Belt

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

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for bible belt

Bible Belt

noun
  1. 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

Bible Belt

n.

1926, reputedly coined by H.L. Mencken.

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bible belt in Culture

Bible Belt

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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Idioms and Phrases with bible belt

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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