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.
- mis·ce·ge·net·ic [mis-i-juh-net-ik, mi-sej-uh-], /ˌmɪs ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, mɪˌsɛdʒ ə-/, adjective
- an·ti·mis·ce·ge·na·tion, noun
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How to use miscegenation in a sentence
In both intent and application, the anti-miscegenation laws were about race, not marriage.Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist | Jonathan Rauch | April 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But strict British anti-miscegenation laws limited their opportunities for finding a spouse.
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 | Eric Herschthal | October 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Harold Holzer | May 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
miscegenation would follow and a mongrel race would be the result.
There was extensive miscegenation of the two races after the middle of the seventeenth century.
This scarcely half-civilized daughter of miscegenation was a Hecate in the skilful decoction of potent leaves, roots and berries.A Dream of Empire | William Henry Venable
There appeared few cases of the miscegenation of the white women with black men but here and there it would recur.
The author says that the presence of African slaves and Indians early gave rise to the problem of miscegenation.
As the Portugese are a good-natured people void of race hate they did not dread the miscegenation of the races.
British Dictionary definitions for miscegenation
interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
- miscegenetic (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
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