noun mi·cro·ag·gres·sion \ˌmī-krō-ə-ˈgre-shən\

Definition of microaggression

  1. :  a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority) A digital photo project run by a Fordham University student about “racial microaggressions” features minority students holding up signs with comments like “Youȧre really pretty … for a dark-skin girl.” — Jinnie Spiegler There is a real and worthy conversation taking place in this country now, particularly among young people, around the idea of microaggressions—slight, often unintended discriminatory comments or behaviors. — Charles M. Blow; also :  behavior or speech that is characterized by such comments or actions … argues that the power of microaggression lies in its invisibility to the perpetrator, who typically finds it difficult to believe that he or she possesses biased attitudes. — Emily Skop


play \ˌmī-krō-ə-ˈgre-siv\ adjective microaggressive behaviors … the group quite clearly criticized his teaching as microaggressive. — Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt


play \ˌmī-krō-ə-ˈgre-sər\ noun Even “microaggressions” websites themselves would be unobjectionable to some of their critics if they merely made the case that certain phrases and behaviors should be avoided. What these critics find objectionable are two other aspects of “microaggressions” culture: attempts to publicly shame “microaggressors;” and attempts to punish alleged “microaggressors” by reporting them to the authorities. — Conor Friedersdorf


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