miscegenation

noun
mis·​ce·​ge·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)mi-ˌse-jə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce miscegenation (audio) , ˌmi-si-jə-ˈnā- \

Definition of miscegenation

: a mixture of races especially : marriage, cohabitation, or sexual intercourse between a white person and a member of another race

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Other Words from miscegenation

miscegenational \ (ˌ)mi-​ˌse-​jə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce miscegenational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌmi-​si-​jə-​ˈnā-​ \ adjective

Examples of miscegenation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In one instance, a Jew named Heinz Alexander was accused of the racial crime of miscegenation for having had an affair with an Aryan. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Revisiting Mengele’s Malignant “Race Science”," 15 June 2020 Is a prohibition of miscegenation a discrimination against the colored member of the couple who would like to marry? Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Did Civil-Rights Laws Ruin America?," 5 Feb. 2020 But because of miscegenation laws that prevented interracial couples onscreen—and rampant yellowface practices—her opportunities were mostly limited to stereotypes like the rejected other woman or the villainous dragon lady. Time, "1928: Anna May Wong," 5 Mar. 2020 Interlaced with the stories of Newt, Rachel and Moses is the court case of the Knights’ descendant Davis, who was arrested and tried on charges of miscegenation in 1948. Jason Herbert, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Were the Best History Movies of the Decade?," 31 Dec. 2019 In 1962, until 1967 with Loving v. Virginia … there were anti-miscegenation laws, so whites could not marry blacks. CBS News, "Minnesota youth unpack their trauma: "We don't have to be stuck in these emotions"," 6 Nov. 2019 My children have grown up with blood relatives born to parents who — up to and including in the year of my birth in more than a dozen states — would not have been allowed to marry due to the historical stain of anti-miscegenation laws. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: A visit to the Lorraine Motel delivered a timeless lesson about Martin Luther King Jr.," 3 Apr. 2018 Eugenic thinking was also used to support racist policies like anti-miscegenation laws and the Immigration Act of 1924. Smithsonian, "California Once Targeted Latinas for Forced Sterilization," 23 Mar. 2018 My children have grown up with blood relatives born to parents who — up to and including in the year of my birth in more than a dozen states — would not have been allowed to marry due to the historical stain of anti-miscegenation laws. Dan Moran, Lake County News-Sun, "Moran: A visit to the Lorraine Motel delivered a timeless lesson about Martin Luther King Jr.," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of miscegenation

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for miscegenation

irregular from Latin miscēre to mix + genus race — more at mix, kin

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The first known use of miscegenation was in 1863

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“Miscegenation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miscegenation. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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miscegenation

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English Language Learners Definition of miscegenation

formal : sexual relations or marriage between people of two different races (such as a white person and a black person)

miscegenation

noun
mis·​ce·​ge·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)mis-ˌej-ə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce miscegenation (audio) , ˌmis-i-jə-ˈnā- How to pronounce miscegenation (audio) \

Medical Definition of miscegenation

: a mixture of races especially : marriage or cohabitation between a white person and a member of another race

Other Words from miscegenation

miscegenational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce miscegenational (audio) \ adjective

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