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Difference Between Bigotry and Prejudice

To prejudice, as a verb, is to give rise to prejudice especially in someone, a decision, or an idea. It also means to make something or a result biased. In the field of law, to prejudice means to cause harm to a state of affairs, for example, to prejudice the children’s welfare.

When used as a noun, prejudice is any preconceived opinion about someone or something without basing it on actual experience, facts, or reason.

Bigotry is mostly mistaken with prejudice with the two being interchanged in various applications. However, they have various meanings and applications which gives rise to their differences. Even though the two may also be used in the same scenario, they are dissimilar in their standing.


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What is Prejudice?

Prejudice can be taken as a verb  or a noun. When used as a noun, it is defined as a predetermined judgment that is based on unverified facts rather than reason and actual experiences. Also, it can be defined as the effective feeling one can have towards another or a group solely based on that person’s relations.


What is Bigotry?

Bigotry is defined as the intolerance one may have towards other people who may be holding different opinions from theirs. It also refers to someone who is intolerantly or obstinately devoted to their opinions and prejudices.


Difference Between Bigotry and Prejudice

Meaning of Bigotry Vs. Prejudice

Prejudice (noun) means a predetermined belief towards someone or something based on unverified information instead of actual experiences or reasoning.

Prejudice (verb) is defined as the act of giving rise to prejudice towards someone, an idea, or belief or to make the results of something biased.

Bigotry, on the other hand, is defined as intolerance or prejudice towards someone or something based on that person or something’s associations.

Examples of Bigotry Vs. Prejudice


  • The choir leader expressed their difficulties in combating the bigotry they were subjected to.
  • The bigotry subjected to the group led them to lose in the finals.


  • The ambassador expressed his concerns over the prejudice subjected against his citizens.
  • Male prejudices against women are not anywhere near lessening.

Synonyms of Bigotry Vs. Prejudice

Other names that mean the same as bigotry include:

  • Bias
  • Partiality
  • Sectarianism
  • Partisanship
  • Unfairness
  • Injustice
  • Discrimination

Other words that mean the same as prejudice include:

  • Preconception
  • Preconceived idea
  • Pre-judgment
  • Preconceived notion
  • Intolerance
  • A jaundiced eye.
  • Inequality
  • Inequity
  • Sway
  • Predispose
  • Jaundice

Bigotry Vs. Prejudice: Comparison Table



Although bigotry and prejudice are often interchanged, they differ in various ways as expounded. In simple terms, both refer to strong opinions towards other people or things. However, bigotry is a stronger term and suggests narrow-minded intolerance while prejudice is more general, less strong, and refers to pre-judgment based not on presented facts.


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