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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
racial prejudice (=unreasonable bad opinions of someone based on their race)
▪ He claimed that his opponents were motivated by racial prejudice.
▪ You can't see past your own stupid blind prejudice!
▪ His father was ageing, unsure, falling back on old prejudices to defend his position.
▪ And each new wave of immigrants gives new targets to old prejudices.
▪ It's hard enough to break down the old prejudices - I know that from experience.
▪ Public school twits, she thought, an old prejudice welling up in her.
▪ The reluctance stems from a healthy fear of stirring old prejudices.
▪ With their tote bags, the immigrants brought alOng all their old prejudices, and immediately picked up some new ones.
▪ In the end it comes down to personal prejudice.
▪ Only their own personal prejudices remained to influence their perceptions in one direction or another.
▪ Insensitive interviewers are often influenced too much by their personal prejudices to an interviewee and fail to appreciate the interviewee's nervousness.
▪ Clearly party and leader images were dominated by personal partisan prejudice and that domination increased towards the end of the campaign.
▪ None the less there remained deep personal prejudices that affected perceptions of both.
▪ Compared to this enormous influence of personal prejudice the influence of the media on economic perceptions was small but none the less significant.
▪ Clearly images of parties and leaders were dominated by personal partisan prejudice and that domination increased towards the end of the campaign.
▪ Young people are almost as likely as their elders to respond in these terms. Political prejudices pass down the generations.
▪ It responded therefore on the basis of a principle and judgment of quality, and was accused of political prejudice.
▪ These terms are obviously meant to degrade Tom and this also shows racial prejudice although not to such a great extent.
▪ Sometimes overcoming enormous odds, mostly because of racial prejudice, black athletes changed the sporting landscape in the United States.
▪ I've seen evidence of his denouncing racial prejudice in others, and it greatly impressed me.
▪ Two more forms of racial prejudice are shown here.
▪ Crocker was a child of integration and his lack of racial prejudice in music showed it.
▪ One or two other teachers were encouraged by my willingness to argue against racial prejudice and became more vocal themselves.
▪ And attitude surveys in Britain have been recording a steady decline in racial prejudice.
Social institutions and social prejudices lead them astray.
▪ They questioned the rights of the individual versus social prejudices and injustices.
▪ These { sublime criminals } or outlaws became heroes because they embodied the rights of the individual against social prejudices and injustices.
▪ Many had also learnt from bitter experience that a good education was needed in the continuing battle against colour prejudice.
▪ This discrimination is based simply on prejudice, because the cost of providing a widower's pension is very small.
▪ To do so is based upon prejudice and thoughtlessness.
▪ Could a member of the public expect a professional response, or one based on superstition and prejudice?
▪ Thus, discrimination against disabled persons which is founded upon stereotypical attitudes and ignorance is caught, as well as that based upon prejudice.
▪ All these attitudes are based on deep-seated prejudice and cause conflict.
▪ We are also committed to breaking down artificial barriers to women's advancement based on prejudice or lack of imagination.
▪ Expectations can be damaging, especially when they are based on prejudice.
▪ That would be a hard battle to win, since he would have to overcome prejudice, defeatism and small-mindedness.
▪ The three-year project is designed to overcome prejudice about the construction industry and give children a realistic insight into its many occupations.
▪ Davis's struggle to overcome the racial prejudice that held him back was backed by Sinatra.
▪ In the past they say they've suffered prejudice and poor support.
▪ Fisher believes they suffer no prejudice and have not been snubbed by friends.
blind faith/prejudice/obedience etc
▪ Faith ceases to be laudable when it is blind faith.
▪ I followed his commands with blind obedience, never bothering to question what his purpose might have been.
▪ It was not blind faith that drove them to change the world, but a belief very well grounded in reality.
▪ Memes for blind faith have their own ruthless ways of propagating themselves.
▪ Safety is a matter of active attention and alert work practices, not blind obedience to arbitrary rules.
▪ The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry.
▪ Then you reposed an absolutely blind faith in the Emperor!
▪ This is true of patriotic and political as well as religious blind faith.
▪ a rising prejudice against gays
▪ Able young men and women are still held back from success by prejudice.
▪ Almost all immigrant groups have faced prejudice in their new countries.
▪ Being a black man, I have to deal with prejudice every day.
▪ Criticizing people's accents in this way is nothing less than class prejudice.
▪ For years he has fought against prejudice and racial hatred.
▪ measures to tackle the problem of racial prejudice in the police force
▪ The number of hate crimes spurred by racial prejudice is increasing in our state.
▪ There is still a lot of prejudice against gay men.
▪ You should learn to identify your own prejudices and deal with them.
▪ Antiracists have pointed out that in privileging prejudice and attitudes the multiculturalists have neglected racism as embedded in structures and institutions.
▪ For the first time he met, peeping above the surface, the force of a prejudice which had unrelenting ferocity.
▪ His son, M.. Vanderk fils, retains the prejudice of the nobility against commerce.
▪ Is there any person or persons against whom you feel a real or active prejudice?
▪ She pushed many people away by her critical, biting comments and narrow prejudices.
▪ Talk radio, of course, is a nearly continuous wave length of prejudice, directed mostly from the right.
▪ The exercise appears to be little more than an outlet for fear and prejudice.
▪ Younger people are less susceptible to these prejudices and it is in the field of education that most can be achieved.
▪ Subsequently, the three were to be released on the grounds that the statements of King and others had prejudiced their case.
▪ Charitable work was also something that daughters could do without prejudicing their chances in the marriage market.
▪ If you didn't, you'd be prejudicing your client's chances.
▪ A criminal record will prejudice your chances of getting a job.
▪ He said Wells's escape would prejudice the juries.
▪ In view of their greater interest in Jarrad, the plaintiffs contended that they had been unfairly prejudiced.
▪ Indeed failure to take such steps will seriously prejudice his potential claim on the Marine Policy.
▪ It also says full repayment would prejudice its economic recovery.
▪ It will not prejudice his claim in any way if he takes all necessary steps to minimise and contain his loss.
▪ The prejudiced parents get exactly what they wanted.
▪ The paper shows that there could be a return of these positions without prejudicing the integrity of an Edinburgh and Lothian-wide council.
▪ Unless the opinion is totally misconceived, an applicant should not be prejudiced merely because it was wrong.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium; prae before + judicium judgment. See Prejudicate, Judicial.]

  1. Foresight. [Obs.]

    Naught might hinder his quick prejudize.

  2. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge.

    Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man.

  3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.

  4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.

    England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice.

    Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage.


Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudiced; p. pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing.] [Cf. F. pr['e]judicier. See Prejudice, n.]

  1. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.

    Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning.
    --I. Watts

  2. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.

    Seek how may prejudice the foe.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 (context countable English) An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts. 2 (context countable English) Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative. 3 (context countable English) An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion. 4 (context obsolete English) knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging. 5 (context obsolete English) Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To have a negative impact on someone's position, chances etc. 2 (context transitive English) To cause prejudice.

  1. n. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation [syn: bias, preconception]

  2. v. disadvantage by prejudice

  3. influence (somebody's) opinion in advance [syn: prepossess]


Prejudice is prejudgement or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. The word is often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of their gender, beliefs, values, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ ethnicity, language, nationality, beauty, occupation, education, criminality or other personal characteristics. In this case, it refers to a positive or negative evaluation of another person based on their perceived group membership.

Prejudice can also refer to unfounded beliefs and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence". Gordon Allport defined prejudice as a "feeling, favorable or unfavorable, toward a person or thing, prior to, or not based on, actual experience". For the Evolutionary Psychology perspective, see Prejudice from an evolutionary perspective.

Prejudice (1988 film)

Prejudice is a 1988 TV movie about two women who go to the Anti-Discrimination Board. It was one of a series of TV movies about social issues made by Film Australia with the Nine Network.

Prejudice (2015 film)

Prejudice'' (Préjudice'') is a 2015 drama film directed by Antoine Cuypers and co-written by Cuypers with Antoine Wauters. The film is an international co-production between Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. It opened the 30th Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur on 2 October 2015.

Prejudice (legal term)

Prejudice is a legal term with different meanings when used in criminal, civil or common law. Often the use of prejudice in legal context differs from the more common use of the word and thus has specific technical meanings implied by its use. Two of the more common applications of the word are as part of the terms "with prejudice" and "without prejudice". In general, an action taken with prejudice is essentially final; in particular, "dismissal with prejudice" would forbid a party from refiling the case, and might occur either because of misconduct on the part of the party who filed the claim or criminal complaint or could be the result of an out of court agreement or settlement. Dismissal without prejudice (in Latin, "Salvis Juribus") would leave the party an option to refile, and is often a response to procedural or technical problems with the filing that the party could correct when filing again.

Usage examples of "prejudice".

Butts, namely, that, as a violent emotion caused by a sudden shock can kill or craze a human being, there is no perversion of the faculties, no prejudice, no change of taste or temper, no eccentricity, no antipathy, which such a cause may not rationally account for.

But in the assiduous prosecution of these theological studies, the emperor of the Romans imbibed the illiberal prejudices and passions of a polemic divine.

But the Baroness had a deep-rooted prejudice in favour of the old aristocracy, and guessed that it would afterwards be counted to her for righteousness if she could be the first to offer boundless sympathy and limited help to the distressed family.

The revolution of three centuries had produced so remarkable a change in the prejudices of the people, that, with the public approbation, Constantine showed his successors the example of bestowing the honors of the consulship on the Barbarians, who, by their merit and services, had deserved to be ranked among the first of the Romans.

When she had been a teenager, she and the rest of the family had always thought of Bret as simply the finest quarterback in the history of Southern college football, but Jess had long since dismissed that as family prejudice.

This beauty and fertility of your land are the cause of your ignorance, as the mines of Peru and Potosi have brought about that foolish pride and all the prejudices which degrade you.

These allegations were not deemed exculpatory by the rest of the assembly, who with one voice pronounced him guilty of unwarrantable rashness and indiscretion, which, in time coming, must undoubtedly operate to the prejudice of his character and credit.

Featuring loving, happy families in which the parents happen to be gay, they remind us that the very existence of these loving happy families and thousands like them is threatened by ignorance and prejudice and homophobic legal and social service systems.

He played off his wit against Scotland with a good humoured pleasantry, which gave me, though no bigot to national prejudices, an opportunity for a little contest with him.

In Longsaddle, where prejudice was secondary to the fanatical curiosity of the unsinkable Harpells, he had been placed on display like some mutated farm animal, mentally poked and prodded.

This reconstruction measure was an attempt to put the superior part of the community under the control of the inferior, these parts separated by all the prejudices of race, and by traditions of mastership on the one side and of servitude on the other.

Nevertheless, she painted an arresting, if overcoloured and prejudiced, picture of the life that had gone on about her during the past ten years.

Christian Socials just pander to the worst prejudice, fears, and bitter jealousy.

Somewhere in that chaos of prejudices which she calls her mind, she nourishes the notion, common to all the false forms of religion, ancient or modern, that there is something about sex and parenthood which is inherently base and unclean.

To confound the order of seasons and climates, to sport with the passions and prejudices of his subjects, and to subvert every law of nature and decency, were in the number of his most delicious amusements.