parti pris


par·​ti pris ˈpär-ˌtē-ˈprē How to pronounce parti pris (audio)
plural partis pris ˈpär-ˌtē-ˈprē(z) How to pronounce parti pris (audio)
: a preconceived opinion : prejudice
parti pris adjective

Examples of parti pris in a Sentence

the longer a president is dead, the better we are able to evaluate without parti pris his political achievements
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Word History


French, literally, side taken

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of parti pris was in 1857

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“Parti pris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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