[mi-sej-uh-ney-shuh n, mis-i-juh-]
- 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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In both intent and application, the anti-miscegenation laws were about race, not marriage.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist
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But strict British anti-miscegenation laws limited their opportunities for finding a spouse.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
- interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
Word Origin for miscegenation
C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
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- Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.
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