[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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Examples from the Web for miscegenation
Yes, he does say something about American society, which so frowned on miscegenation in the 1870s.The Man Who Made America: Simone Winchester Talks New Book
October 17, 2013
The Miscegenation Ball was an exception in its otherwise bland, though proficient, catalog.How a Racist Newspaper Defeated Lincoln in New York in the 1864 Election
May 2, 2013
Miscegenation would follow and a mongrel race would be the result.Up From History, Part 4
February 4, 2013
The major theme defining our new American century is miscegenation.George Zimmerman, Hispanics, and the Messy Nature of American Identity
April 6, 2012
The next point was, to get the miscegenation controversy into Congress.The Humbugs of the World
P. T. Barnum
Once the political barriers are down, miscegenation will finish the job.This Crowded Earth
The only case where it is often invoked in the human race is in miscegenation.Applied Eugenics
Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Nature, though eager for cross-fertilisation, abhors 'miscegenation' with all the bitterness of an American politician.The Evolutionist at Large
The inflow of white blood was small, and much of what did come lost itself in the dismal swamp of miscegenation.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
- interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
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Word Origin and History for miscegenation
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.
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