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[mi-sej-uh-ney-shuh n, mis-i-juh-] /mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə-/
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.
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
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[mis-i-juh-net-ik, mi-sej-uh-] /ˌmɪs ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, mɪˌsɛdʒ ə-/ (Show IPA),
antimiscegenation, noun, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for miscegenation
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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


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

"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-)
Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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