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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 an attitude that always favors one way of feeling or acting especially without considering any other possibilities
  • her lifelong prejudice against doing "dirty" jobs

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2 hatred of or discrimination against a person or persons based on their race
  • fought racial prejudice through the use of the court system

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Synonyms of prejudice (Entry 2 of 2)

to cause to have often negative opinions formed without sufficient knowledge
  • all the bad stories I had heard about the incoming CEO prejudiced me against him even before the first meeting

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How does the noun prejudice contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of prejudice are bias, predilection, and prepossession. While all these words mean "an attitude of mind that predisposes one to favor something," prejudice usually implies an unfavorable prepossession and connotes a feeling rooted in suspicion, fear, or intolerance.

a mindless prejudice against the unfamiliar

When would bias be a good substitute for prejudice?

The synonyms bias and prejudice are sometimes interchangeable, but bias implies an unreasoned and unfair distortion of judgment in favor of or against a person or thing.

a strong bias toward the plaintiff

When is predilection a more appropriate choice than prejudice?

The words predilection and prejudice are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, predilection implies a strong liking deriving from one's temperament or experience.

a predilection for travel

In what contexts can prepossession take the place of prejudice?

The meanings of prepossession and prejudice largely overlap; however, prepossession suggests a fixed conception likely to preclude objective judgment of anything counter to it.

a prepossession against technology

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The first known use of prejudice was in the 13th century

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“Prejudice.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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