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1prejudice

noun prej·u·dice \ˈpre-jə-dəs\

: an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc.

: a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical

Full Definition of PREJUDICE

1
:  injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in disregard of one's rights; especially :  detriment to one's legal rights or claims
2
a (1) :  preconceived judgment or opinion (2) :  an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge
b :  an instance of such judgment or opinion
c :  an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics

Examples of PREJUDICE

  1. The organization fights against racial prejudice.
  2. religious, racial, and sexual prejudices
  3. We tend to make these kinds of decisions according to our own prejudices.
  4. He has a prejudice against fast-food restaurants.
  5. But today most black Americans not hampered by poverty or prejudice take for granted their right to study Italian, listen to Britney Spears or opera, play in the NHL, eat Thai food, live anywhere, work anywhere, play anywhere, read and think and say anything. —Stephan Talty, Mulatto America, 2003

Origin of PREJUDICE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praejudicium previous judgment, damage, from prae- + judicium judgment — more at judicial
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of PREJUDICE

predilection, prepossession, prejudice, bias mean an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something. predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience <a predilection for travel>. prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it <a prepossession against technology>. prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance <a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar>. bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing <a strong bias toward the plaintiff>.

Other Sociology Terms

bourgeois, ethos, eugenics, exurb, incommunicado, intelligentsia, megalopolis, metrosexual, mores, subculture

2prejudice

verb prej·u·dice \ˈpre-jə-dəs\

: to cause (someone) to have an unfair feeling of dislike for someone or something

: to have a harmful effect on (something, such as a legal case)

prej·u·dicedprej·u·dic·ing

Full Definition of PREJUDICE

transitive verb
1
:  to injure or damage by some judgment or action (as in a case of law)
2
:  to cause to have prejudice(see 1prejudice)

Examples of PREJUDICE

  1. <all the bad stories I had heard about the incoming CEO prejudiced me against him even before the first meeting>
  2. Paul Revere … engraved the drawing and printed hundreds of vividly colored copies, which traveled throughout the colonies. Well might one judge at Captain Preston's trial complain that there has been a great deal done to prejudice the People against the Prisoner. —Hiller B. Zobel American Heritage, July/August 1995

Origin of PREJUDICE

(see 1prejudice)
First Known Use: 15th century
PREJUDICE Defined for Kids

1prejudice

noun prej·u·dice \ˈpre-jə-dəs\

Definition of PREJUDICE for Kids

1
:  a liking or dislike for one rather than another especially without good reason <She has a prejudice against department stores.>
2
:  a feeling of unfair dislike directed against an individual or a group because of some characteristic (as race or religion)
3
:  injury or damage to a person's rights

2prejudice

verb
prej·u·dicedprej·u·dic·ing

Definition of PREJUDICE for Kids

1
:  to cause to have an unfair dislike of <The incident prejudiced them against the company.>
2
:  to cause damage to (as a person's rights) <Newspaper stories prejudiced the upcoming trial.>

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