• synonyms


[dee-seg-ri-gey-shuh n, dee-seg-]
See more synonyms for desegregation on Thesaurus.com
  1. 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.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

assimilation, integrating

Examples from the Web for desegregation

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

Word Origin and History for desegregation


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

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper