Origin of bigot
Examples from the Web for bigot
Unfortunately, popular understandings of the bigot remain anchored in an earlier time.
Critics of the bigot should begin placing a bit less emphasis on what he says or feels than what he actually does.
Not every bigot is a conservative and not every conservative is a bigot.
The bigot now employs camouflage in translating his prejudices into reality.
The bigot today is often unaware either that he has prejudices or that he is indulging them.
For all his overmastering zeal he was by nature neither a bigot nor a persecutor.
Each year Bigot had to send to the court a list of the goods necessary for government purposes for the coming year.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime|William Henry Atherton
He was not, however, a bigot to his party, nor adopted all their opinions.Lives of the English Poets: Waller, Milton, Cowley|Samuel Johnson
Hathorne was a man of force and ability—though evidently also as narrow-minded and unfair as only a bigot can be.Dulcibel|Henry Peterson
Keenly as Bigot watched Anglique, he could detect no sign of confusion in her.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
Word Origin for bigot
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.