- 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 prejudices
Liberal legislators from across the country heard all their prejudices confirmed.The Left’s Answer to ALEC
December 15, 2014
The bigot now employs camouflage in translating his prejudices into reality.
The bigot today is often unaware either that he has prejudices or that he is indulging them.
There are some pretty archaic, long-held biases and prejudices that remain in place (see Mets, New York).It’s Time to Get More Women in the NFL Boardroom
September 12, 2014
As prejudices waned, it became easier and ultimately desirable for Jews to fully assimilate.The Ghost Hotels of the Catskills
August 25, 2014
Mr. Paine did not admire Mrs. Davis, and was not likely to be influenced by her prejudices.Brave and Bold
He had a dislike to that country, and I grew up in his prejudices.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
She had come to believe almost his theory of the future, since it was not repugnant to her prejudices.The Secret Agent
He was not the man to defer in that way to the prejudices of others.In the Valley
Locke, yielding to the prejudices of the time, took the same ground.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
- 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 prejudices
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.)