[ dee-seg-ri-gey-shuh n, dee-seg- ]
/ ˌdi sɛg rɪˈgeɪ ʃən, diˌsɛg- /


the elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which people from different religions, ancestries, ethnic groups, etc., are restricted to specific or separate public facilities, neighborhoods, schools, organizations, or the like.

Origin of desegregation

First recorded in 1950–55; de- + segregation
Related formsde·seg·re·ga·tion·ist, nounan·ti·de·seg·re·ga·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for desegregation



1935, American English, from de- "do the opposite of" + segregation in the racial sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper