Please have a one word answer; and it is not zealot. Zealots are idealists. Being a racist has a very negative connotation. Also maintain the same part of speech. I would like a noun.

  • I rolled back some radical edits, after the OP posted her new question elsewhere. I reclosed this as a duplicate.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Dec 11, 2015 at 14:46

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The word 'sectarian' is, of religion, closest to parallel with 'racist':

B. n.
3. A bigoted adherent of a sect; one whose views or sympathies are sectarian.

["sectarian, adj. and n.". OED Online. September 2015. Oxford University Press. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/174583?redirectedFrom=sectarian (accessed December 08, 2015).]

'Sectarianist' is also in use. Examples include

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(From Dialogue and Universalism, Volume 6, Issues 7-12, Warsaw University, Centre of Universalism, 1996.) And

Nobody who can see and write so brilliantly and fearlessly about the evils of religion as he had done would take back what he said just like that. How can a highly spiritual person like him suddenly reduce himself to a mere sectarianist?

(From Transcending Rizal, Margarita Ventenilla Hamada, Giraffe Books, 2005.)

'Sectarianist', however, has not established itself in dictionaries, although the intended meaning is clear.

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    Damn this guy does his research! I'm impressed. Dec 8, 2015 at 5:47
  • The OP has posted her revised question here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/293237/…. I'm rolling back your edits so that it answers the original question.
    – Kit Z. Fox
    Dec 11, 2015 at 14:47
  • So if you called someone a sectarian it would have the same effect as calling someone racist or sexist? People can be fired if they are racist or sexist. Can they be fired for being a sectarian? Dec 18, 2015 at 15:53
  • @TraciGuynup, 'sectarianist' is just the word that parallels 'racist' in terms of religion. It would not be likely to have the same force as calling someone a racist or sexist, because the word hasn't the same cultural history or currency as those terms. But yes, people can and do get fired for being sectarianist (not necessarily for being called a sectarianist, though), because discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs is outlawed by legal systems in the US and elsewhere.
    – JEL
    Dec 18, 2015 at 19:26

You can use 'bigot';

a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. A person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group).


  • Good word, and would likely serve many functions well, but I suspect that "racist" and the OP's desired word are both subcategories of "bigot."
    – Nonnal
    Dec 8, 2015 at 5:49
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    I have been to many forum websites, especially the gaming ones. Trust me I see bigot used for this a billion times. Secterian (bigot as well) does not also serve directly for the word he is looking I believe. It is not invented for 'religiousist' people. I totally made that word up now to show my point by the way.
    – Grizzly
    Dec 8, 2015 at 6:05
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    "Bigot" is the catch-all word for anything else that doesn't have an "__ist" equivalent.
    – Pyritie
    Dec 8, 2015 at 11:01
  • But bigot is not specific to religion in the same way as race is to racist or sex is to sexist. Dec 18, 2015 at 15:55

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