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The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of bigotry is:

  • Bigotry
    • 1: the state of mind of a bigot
    • 2: acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot
  • Bigot
    • a : a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
    • b: a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially : one who regards or treats the members of a group (as a racial or ethnic group) with hatred and intolerance

In the conceptual framework of categorism, bigotry is categorism motivated by (or done through) emotions rather than beliefs or acts.

Together with prejudice and discrimination, bigotry is one of the three archetypical facets of categorism.