verb (used with object), prej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing.
Origin of prejudice
Examples from the Web for prejudicing
But, for fear of prejudicing the jury, the ghost was kept out of the trial, exactly as in the following case.The Book of Dreams and Ghosts|Andrew Lang
This, so far from prejudicing her with her captors, gained her their favor.The History of Peru|Henry S. Beebe
It is distracting the public mind and prejudicing the judgment of the electorate.State of the Union Addresses of Warren Harding|Warren Harding
So far is drunkenness from prejudicing our health, that, on the contrary, it highly preserves it.Ebrietatis Encomium|Boniface Oinophilus
Welton did not dare go ahead with the water for fear of prejudicing his own case.The Rules of the Game|Stewart Edward White
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.)