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racism

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noun rac·ism \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm also -ˌshi-\

Simple Definition of racism

  • : poor treatment of or violence against people because of their race

  • : the belief that some races of people are better than others

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of racism

  1. 1 :  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

  2. 2 :  racial prejudice or discrimination

racist

play \-sist also -shist\ noun or adjective

Examples of racism in a sentence

  1. The recording career of the Henderson band was brief … due partly to the racism of booking agencies that didn't take on black acts until the mid-'30s, when Henderson's career was on the downswing. —Greg Tate, Vibe, April 1995

  2. Today, Hawaii has one of the most diverse populations anywhere. Each group has its own stories of prejudice and opportunities limited by racism. —Jill Center, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 1995

  3. the racism that was the basis of apartheid

  4. <Hitler's declaration of his belief in a master race was an indication of the inherent racism of the Nazi movement.>



1933

First Known Use of racism

1933


RACISM Defined for Kids

racism

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noun rac·ism \ˈrā-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of racism for Students

  1. 1 :  belief that certain races of people are by birth and nature superior to others

  2. 2 :  discrimination or hatred based on race





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