verb (used with object), prej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing.
Origin of prejudice
Examples from the Web for prejudice
But the exemption was also born of prejudice and discrimination.
So specious, in fact, that they are increasingly seen to be rationales to cover outdated forms of prejudice.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Countless users tweeted about prejudice, intersectionality, and police discrimination.
This kind of prejudice harms innocent people, whether Muslim or mistakenly thought to be Muslim.
It was physically uncomfortable… Stone: …Was this Pride and Prejudice?Emma Stone and Colin Firth on Woody Allen, Shrinkage, and Live-Texting ‘Bridget Jones’|Marlow Stern|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Indeed, in certain quarters a prejudice against laughing under any circumstances appears to have sprung up.Europe Revised|Irvin S. Cobb
Passion and prejudice have often hindered the attainment of noble ends which were earnestly sought.Religious Folk-Songs of the Southern Negroes|Howard W. Odum
Dishonour and prejudice would accrue to any sovereign who should upset the very nature of the constitution.St George's Cross|H. G. Keene
Because of prejudice, however, it is rarely that the happily married woman makes a business or professional career.Analyzing Character|Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
And, he is the most enslaved agent on the earth, so far as sin, and selfishness and prejudice are concerned.Quiet Talks on Prayer|S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
Word Origin for prejudice
c.1300, "despite, contempt," from Old French prejudice "prejudice, damage" (13c.), from Medieval Latin prejudicium "injustice," from Latin praeiudicium "prior judgment," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + iudicium "judgment," from iudex (genitive iudicis) "a judge" (see judge (v.)). Meaning "injury, physical harm" is mid-14c., as is legal sense "detriment or damage caused by the violation of a legal right." Meaning "preconceived opinion" (especially but not necessarily unfavorable) is from late 14c. in English.
mid-15c., "to injure or be detrimental to," from prejudice (n.). The meaning "to affect or fill with prejudice" is from c.1600. Related: Prejudiced; prejudicing.
A hostile opinion about some person or class of persons. Prejudice is socially learned and is usually grounded in misconception, misunderstanding, and inflexible generalizations. In particular, African-Americans have been victims of prejudice on a variety of social, economic, and political levels. (See civil rights movement and segregation.)