verb (used with object), prej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing.
Origin of prejudice
Examples from the Web for prejudices
Liberal legislators from across the country heard all their prejudices confirmed.
The bigot now employs camouflage in translating his prejudices into reality.
The bigot today is often unaware either that he has prejudices or that he is indulging them.
There are some pretty archaic, long-held biases and prejudices that remain in place (see Mets, New York).
Owning up to and understanding past prejudices may not make ethnic tensions instantly disappear.
They also give rise to the formation of modern myths, that is, fantastic rumours, suspicions and prejudices.Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology|C. G. Jung
All prejudices gave way before his uncommon intelligence, well-tried virtues, and courteous dignity of manner.The Freedmen's Book|Lydia Maria Child
Both, therefore, are equally free from prejudices, and from astrological superstition in dreams and omens.The Mystery of Francis Bacon|William T. Smedley
There are prejudices in favor of the exclusive legitimacy of certain constructions that he feels bound to respect.James Fenimore Cooper|Thomas R. Lounsbury
She was a walking magazine of old English prejudices and superstitions;—to her he owes his fondness for ghost stories.
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.)