- an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
- any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
- unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
- such attitudes considered collectively: The war against prejudice is never-ending.
- damage or injury; detriment: a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
- to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable: His honesty and sincerity prejudiced us in his favor.
- without prejudice, Law. without dismissing, damaging, or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand.
Origin of prejudice
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Examples from the Web for prejudice
But the exemption was also born of prejudice and discrimination.Finally, Home Care Workers Start Fighting Back
October 19, 2014
So specious, in fact, that they are increasingly seen to be rationales to cover outdated forms of prejudice.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition
October 3, 2014
Countless users tweeted about prejudice, intersectionality, and police discrimination.Police Brutality's Hidden Victims: The Disabled
September 8, 2014
This kind of prejudice harms innocent people, whether Muslim or mistakenly thought to be Muslim.How Not to Reply to a Racist Tweet
August 11, 2014
It was physically uncomfortable… Stone: …Was this Pride and Prejudice?Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’
July 21, 2014
The mate had done what he could to prejudice the captain against the boy he hated.
But he may prejudice his father against you, and get you discharged.
"You hit him," cried Chip, forgetting his prejudice for a moment.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
But I have never consulted the popular any more than the sectarian, Prejudice.Night and Morning, Complete
Heaven protect me from a prejudice so unworthy of my reason!The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavourable one based on inadequate facts
- the act or condition of holding such opinions
- intolerance of or dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc
- disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
- to the prejudice of to the detriment of
- without prejudice law without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
- to cause to be prejudiced
- to disadvantage or injure by prejudice
Word Origin and History for prejudice
c.1300, "despite, contempt," from Old French prejudice "prejudice, damage" (13c.), from Medieval Latin prejudicium "injustice," from Latin praeiudicium "prior judgment," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + iudicium "judgment," from iudex (genitive iudicis) "a judge" (see judge (v.)). Meaning "injury, physical harm" is mid-14c., as is legal sense "detriment or damage caused by the violation of a legal right." Meaning "preconceived opinion" (especially but not necessarily unfavorable) is from late 14c. in English.
mid-15c., "to injure or be detrimental to," from prejudice (n.). The meaning "to affect or fill with prejudice" is from c.1600. Related: Prejudiced; prejudicing.
A hostile opinion about some person or class of persons. Prejudice is socially learned and is usually grounded in misconception, misunderstanding, and inflexible generalizations. In particular, African-Americans have been victims of prejudice on a variety of social, economic, and political levels. (See civil rights movement and segregation.)