[mi-sej-uh-ney-shuh n, mis-i-juh-]
  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 formsmis·ce·ge·net·ic [mis-i-juh-net-ik, mi-sej-uh-] /ˌmɪs ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, mɪˌsɛdʒ ə-/, adjectivean·ti·mis·ce·ge·na·tion, noun, adjective
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  1. interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
Derived Formsmiscegenetic (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for miscegenation

C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
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Word Origin and History for anti-miscegenation



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

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anti-miscegenation in Medicine


[mĭ-sĕj′ə-nāshən, mĭs′ĭ-jə-]
  1. Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.
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