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In the conceptual framework of categorism, bigotry is categorism motivated by (or done through) emotions rather than beliefs or acts. Note that each human is entitled to their own feelings. While having an emotional aversion is a common source of fuel for bigotry and thus categorism, it does not have to go all the way to bigotry as long as it is contained. Contrast unchecked aversion, which as an expression of bigotry is an expression of categorism in its own right.

Together with prejudice and discrimination, bigotry is one of the three archetypical expressions of categorism. See also From categorization to categorism.

Note that just like with the term "racism", some people tend to use the term "bigotry" as a synonym for categorism - a catch-all for all foci of categorism.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of bigotry

  • 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

Note that in the categorism model, bigotry exists at all levels of context. If a certain kind of bigotry is systemic or hegemonic in a society, it doesn't mean that everyone in the society feels this ways. What it means is that it is common and that it is socially exprected.