follow Dictionary.com

What is the X in X-mas?

miscegenation

[mi-sej-uh-ney-shuh n, mis-i-juh-] /mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə-/
noun
1.
marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person:
In 1968 the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state laws prohibiting miscegenation were unconstitutional.
2.
sexual relations between two people from different racial backgrounds that results in the conception of a mixed-race child.
Origin
irregular < Latin miscē(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation; allegedly coined by U.S. journalist David Goodman Croly (1829-89) in a pamphlet published anonymously in 1864
Related forms
miscegenetic
[mis-i-juh-net-ik, mi-sej-uh-] /ˌmɪs ɪ dʒəˈnɛt ɪk, mɪˌsɛdʒ ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
antimiscegenation, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for antimiscegenation

miscegenation

/ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
Derived Forms
miscegenetic (ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈnɛtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for antimiscegenation

miscegenation

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
antimiscegenation in Medicine

miscegenation mis·ceg·e·na·tion (mĭ-sěj'ə-nā'shən, mĭs'ĭ-jə-)
n.
Marriage or sexual relations between individuals of different races.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for miscegenation

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for antimiscegenation

22
28
Scrabble Words With Friends