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narrow-minded

[nar-oh-mahyn-did]
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adjective
  1. having or showing a prejudiced mind, as persons or opinions; biased.
  2. not receptive to new ideas; having a closed mind.
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Origin of narrow-minded

First recorded in 1615–25
Related formsnar·row-mind·ed·ly, adverbnar·row-mind·ed·ness, nounun·nar·row-mind·ed, adjectiveun·nar·row-mind·ed·ly, adverbun·nar·row-mind·ed·ness, noun

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1. bigoted, biased, partial, intolerant, illiberal, self-righteous.

Antonyms

1. tolerant.
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  • They are narrow-minded, but their narrow-mindedness is relieved by intensity of purpose.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • You cannot imagine a more ignorant, intolerant, narrow-minded woman than she.

  • It was a plea that won him no favour with his narrow-minded judges.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • How narrow-minded, after all, of her, who ought to have known better!

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Ignorant, narrow-minded women do not make the best wives and mothers.


British Dictionary definitions for narrow-minded

narrow-minded

adjective
  1. having a biased or illiberal viewpoint; bigoted, intolerant, or prejudiced
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Derived Formsnarrow-mindedly, adverbnarrow-mindedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for narrow-minded

adj.

also narrow minded, 1620s, from narrow (adj.) + minded. Related: Narrow-mindedness. Middle English had narrow-hearted "mean, ungenerous, ignoble" (c.1200).

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