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prejudice

[prej-uh-dis] /ˈprɛdʒ ə dɪs/
noun
1.
an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
2.
any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.
3.
unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social, or religious group.
4.
such attitudes considered collectively:
The war against prejudice is never-ending.
5.
damage or injury; detriment:
a law that operated to the prejudice of the majority.
verb (used with object), prejudiced, prejudicing.
6.
to affect with a prejudice, either favorable or unfavorable:
His honesty and sincerity prejudiced us in his favor.
Idioms
7.
without prejudice, Law. without dismissing, damaging, or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin praejūdicium prejudgment, orig. preliminary or previous judicial inquiry, equivalent to prae- pre- + jūdicium legal proceedings, judging (jūdic-, stem of jūdex judge + -ium -ium)
Related forms
prejudicedly, adverb
prejudiceless, adjective
nonprejudiced, adjective
quasi-prejudiced, adjective
Can be confused
prejudiced, prejudicial.
Synonyms
2. preconception, partiality, predilection, predisposition. See bias. 6. bias, influence.
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  • Many are against it, for it would expose the use of prejudiced opinion masquerading as religious belief.
  • Forty years ago social psychologists tried to figure out what made prejudiced people tick.
  • Thus they arrange that his superiors should be slightly prejudiced against his word.
  • Grades will necessarily be random if they're based upon an instructors prejudiced sense of what the student already knows.
  • It's a real place, and your comment comes off as a bit prejudiced because of it.
  • City officials called the report flawed and prejudiced.
  • Your intolerance of regional accents and dialects does not mean you're priggish, it means that you're prejudiced.
  • The goal is to make students less prejudiced and more open to a deeper discussion of humanity.
  • The peasants are equally prejudiced against city people, especially the educated elite.
  • Less prejudiced historians believe that it did more harm than good.
British Dictionary definitions for prejudiced

prejudice

/ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs/
noun
1.
an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavourable one based on inadequate facts
2.
the act or condition of holding such opinions
3.
intolerance of or dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc
4.
disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
5.
to the prejudice of, to the detriment of
6.
(law) without prejudice, without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
verb (transitive)
7.
to cause to be prejudiced
8.
to disadvantage or injure by prejudice
Word Origin
C13: from Old French préjudice, from Latin praejūdicium a preceding judgment, disadvantage, from prae before + jūdicium trial, sentence, from jūdex a judge
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Word Origin and History for prejudiced

prejudice

n.

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.

v.

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.

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prejudiced in Culture

prejudice definition


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.)

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