mis·​ce·​ge·​na·​tion | \(ˌ)mi-ˌse-jə-ˈnā-shən, 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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miscegenational \-​shnəl, -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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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 Once Italian troops invaded Ethiopia, the specter of miscegenation imparted a new urgency to ongoing state efforts to modify comportment and primal drives. Ruth Ben-ghiat, Slate Magazine, "Making Italy Great Again," 27 Jan. 2017 In 1937 miscegenation became a criminal offense for all Italians, punishable by five years in prison; women who were discovered having relations with African men were publicly whipped and sent to concentration camps. Ruth Ben-ghiat, Slate Magazine, "Making Italy Great Again," 27 Jan. 2017 And since Virginia had an anti-miscegenation law that prohibited blacks and whites from marrying, the state claimed that this provision didn’t violate the Buchanan decision. Katie Nodjimbadem, Smithsonian, "The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything But Accidental," 30 May 2017 Screenshots of the photo and horrific caption soon popped up throughout Instagram, with users calling out his words as being anti-miscegenation (being against interracial relationships). De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Viewers Are Boycotting MTV’s “Siesta Key” Over Alleged Racism and Animal Abuse From the Star," 2 Aug. 2017 The currents in the history of the West preoccupied with miscegenation and corruption of the blood are feeble in the face of the overwhelming tide of annexation, assimilation, and admixture. Daniel Foster, The Atlantic, "In Defense of 'The West'," 10 July 2017 On Feb. 2, 1878, they were found guilty of miscegenation and fined $500 each. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Before Loving v. Virginia, another interracial couple fought in court for their marriage," 11 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of miscegenation

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


mis·​ce·​ge·​na·​tion | \(ˌ)mis-ˌej-ə-ˈnā-shən, ˌmis-i-jə-ˈnā- \

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 \ adjective

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