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14 9, 5:13am
The word hasn't been "washed down" -- what's been happening is that white supremacist groups (who are, duh, BIGOTS) have been purposefully encouraging confusion and sowing the popular belief that "bigot doesn't mean anything anymore". They've been so successful in this endeavor that many people parrot this belief without considering how they're carrying water for said white supremacists.
As for using synonyms... as one of my creative writing teachers liked to say, "There are no synonyms". What he meant is that each term you use has a slightly different meaning. I'd rather not mince words -- if someone's a bigot, I'm calling them the plain, honest term. If they don't like the harshness of that term, they can stop being fucking bigoted.