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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Faced with this living miscegenation, I had spells of getting all minimalist, which rendered things a bit tense.
▪ The tragedies of miscegenation have never been simple - ever since Othello did what he had to do to Desdemona.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Miscegenation \Mis`ce*ge*na"tion\, n. [L. miscere to mix + the root of genus race.] A mixing of races; amalgamation, as by intermarriage of black and white.

Note: Until the late twentieth century, misceganation was a crime in some states of the Southern United States.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"interbreeding of races," 1864, coined irregularly in American English from Latin miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)) + genus "race" (see genus).


n. 1 (context chiefly US English) The mixing or blending of race in marriage or breeding, interracial marriage. 2 (context figuratively English) A mixing or blending, especially one which is considered to be inappropriate.


n. reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons) [syn: crossbreeding, interbreeding]


Miscegenation (; from the Latin miscere "to mix" + genus "kind") is the mixing of different racial groups through marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations, or procreation. Because of the term's historical use in contexts that typically implied disapproval, more unambiguously neutral terms such as interracial, interethnic or cross-cultural are more common in contemporary usage.

The term miscegenation has been used since the 19th century to refer to interracial marriage and interracial sexual relations, and more generally to the process of genetic admixture. Historically, the term has been used in the context of laws banning interracial marriage and sex, known as anti-miscegenation laws. The Latin term entered historical records during European colonialism and the Age of Discovery, but societies such as China and Japan also had restrictions on marrying with people whom they considered to be of a different race.

Usage examples of "miscegenation".

The Portuguese, unlike the British or German colonists, had a relaxed attitude toward miscegenation and the result was a large mulatto population and an official policy of assimilado under which any person of color, if he attained certain civilized standards, was considered to be white and enjoyed Portuguese nationality.

A new century got under way, and despite the efforts of certain parties, it continued to witness unchecked the sins of godlessness, blasphemy, fornication, homosexuality, miscegenation, pornography and cheesy B-movies.

He spoke of the chaotic mixing of blood that had gone on since the conquest: Spanish blood with Indian blood, and both of these with blacks of every sort, even Mandingo Muslims, and he asked himself whether such miscegenation had a place in the Kingdom of God.

Miscegenation and expansion into racially Europoid areas such as North Africa (and later the Middle East) tended to blur this, as did the decline of immigration and the hardening of the caste system.

Then I told him that miscegenation was against Lunarite custom and he turned rather bitter and metallic himself.

The Mitchum mishigaas might be milkable and make for a good miscegenation piece.

We kno that they are planning a massive campaign of defiance of the law especially those laws that have been introduced in the last few year, -the Group Areas Act and the Population Registration Act and the pass laws, the laws necessary to protect our complicated society frorr the evils of racial integration and miscegenation.

But in his old age, when he was five hundred years old—perhaps fifty, allowing for the rituality of figures—he became savage, for he was simultaneously a child of incest and miscegenation.