[ mi-sej-uh-ney-shuhn, mis-i-juh- ]
/ mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə- /
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marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a Black person and a white person: In 1967 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting miscegenation were unconstitutional.
sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds resulting in the conception of a mixed-race child.



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Origin of miscegenation

Irregular formation from Latin miscē(re) “to mix” + Latin gen(us) “race, stock, species” + English -ation noun suffix; allegedly coined by U.S. journalist David Goodman Croly (1829–89) in a pamphlet published anonymously in 1864; see -ation

OTHER WORDS FROM miscegenation

mis·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
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British Dictionary definitions for miscegenation

/ (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈneɪʃən) /


interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved

Derived forms of miscegenation

miscegenetic (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for miscegenation

C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
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Medical definitions for miscegenation

[ mĭ-sĕj′ə-nāshən, mĭs′ĭ-jə- ]


Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.
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