- to make a distinction in favor of or against a person or thing on the basis of the group, class, or category to which the person or thing belongs rather than according to actual merit; show partiality: The new law discriminates against foreigners. He discriminates in favor of his relatives.
- to note or observe a difference; distinguish accurately: to discriminate between things.
- to make or constitute a distinction in or between; differentiate: a mark that discriminates the original from the copy.
- to note or distinguish as different: He can discriminate minute variations in tone.
- marked by discrimination; making or evidencing nice distinctions: discriminate people; discriminate judgments.
Origin of discriminate
Examples from the Web for discriminate
Allowing some people to discriminate sends the message that discrimination is okay.Do LGBTs Owe Christians an Olive Branch? Try The Other Way Around
December 14, 2014
Allow small businesses—for-profit wedding chapels, caterers, florists—to discriminate against gays.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
Yup, Evelyn and Donald Knapp are “ordained Christian ministers” suing for the right to discriminate.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination
October 23, 2014
Not wanting to discriminate against low-income clients, though, she scheduled the appointment.Sex Workers Don't Deserve to be Raped
September 27, 2014
Just stop and think about the image of religious people pleading for the “right” to discriminate against certain fellow citizens.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified
July 6, 2014
Can't she discriminate between the politician and the private friend?The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
The first thing, then, that we have to do, is accurately to discriminate 17.Modern Painters Volume II (of V)
We cannot discriminate in dealing with the great fundamentals of life.Sex=The Unknown Quantity
Shall we not discriminate in our employment of the superlative?My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
I'll be better qualified after this to discriminate between the false and true.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
- (intr; usually foll by in favour of or against) to single out a particular person, group, etc, for special favour or, esp, disfavour, often because of a characteristic such as race, colour, sex, intelligence, etc
- (when intr, foll by between or among) to recognize or understand the difference (between); distinguishto discriminate right and wrong; to discriminate between right and wrong
- (intr) to constitute or mark a difference
- (intr) to be discerning in matters of taste
- showing or marked by discrimination
Word Origin and History for discriminate
1620s, from Latin discriminatus, past participle of discriminare "to divide, separate," from discrimen (genitive discriminis) "interval, distinction, difference," derived noun from discernere (see discern). The adverse (usually racial) sense is first recorded 1866, American English. Positive sense remains in discriminating. Related: Discriminated. Also used 17c. and after as an adjective meaning "distinct."