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

:  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
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


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

Other Sociology Terms

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


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)


Full Definition of PREJUDICE

transitive verb
:  to injure or damage by some judgment or action (as in a case of law)
:  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


(see 1prejudice)
First Known Use: 15th century


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