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miscegenation

[mi-sej-uh-ney-shuh n, mis-i-juh-] /mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə-/
noun
1.
marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person:
In 1968 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting miscegenation were unconstitutional.
2.
sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds that results in the conception of a mixed-race child.
Origin of miscegenation
irregular < Latin miscē(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation; allegedly coined by U.S. journalist David Goodman Croly (1829-89) in a pamphlet published anonymously in 1864
Related forms
miscegenetic
[mis-i-juh-net-ik, mi-sej-uh-] /ˌmɪs ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, mɪˌsɛdʒ ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
antimiscegenation, noun, adjective
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  • The next point was, to get the miscegenation controversy into Congress.

  • Once the political barriers are down, miscegenation will finish the job.

    This Crowded Earth Robert Bloch
  • The only case where it is often invoked in the human race is in miscegenation.

    Applied Eugenics Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
  • Nature, though eager for cross-fertilisation, abhors 'miscegenation' with all the bitterness of an American politician.

  • The inflow of white blood was small, and much of what did come lost itself in the dismal swamp of miscegenation.

  • But he has never sunk the contempt, and the contempt saves him from any general practice of miscegenation.

British Dictionary definitions for miscegenation

miscegenation

/ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
Derived Forms
miscegenetic (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
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Word Origin and History for miscegenation
n.

"interbreeding of races," 1864, coined irregularly in American English from Latin miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)) + genus "race" (see genus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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miscegenation in Medicine

miscegenation mis·ceg·e·na·tion (mĭ-sěj'ə-nā'shən, mĭs'ĭ-jə-)
n.
Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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