self-discrimination

discrimination

[dih-skrim-uh-ney-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act or instance of discriminating, or of making a distinction.
2.
treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit: racial and religious intolerance and discrimination.
3.
the power of making fine distinctions; discriminating judgment: She chose the colors with great discrimination.
4.
Archaic. something that serves to differentiate.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin discrīminātiōn- (stem of discrīminātiō) a distinguishing. See discriminate, -ion

discriminational, adjective
antidiscrimination, adjective
nondiscrimination, noun
prediscrimination, noun
self-discrimination, noun


3. discernment, taste, acumen, perception.
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discrimination (dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən)
 
n
1.  unfair treatment of a person, racial group, minority, etc; action based on prejudice
2.  subtle appreciation in matters of taste
3.  the ability to see fine distinctions and differences
4.  electronics the selection of a signal having a particular frequency, amplitude, phase, etc, effected by the elimination of other signals by means of a discriminator
 
discrimi'national
 
adj

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discrimination
1640s, "the making of distinctions," from L. discriminationem, noun of action from discriminare (see discriminate). Especially in a prejudicial way, based on race, 1866, Amer.Eng. Meaning "discernment" is from 1814.
"It especially annoys me when racists are accused of 'discrimination.' The ability to discriminate is a precious facility; by judging all members of one 'race' to be the same, the racist precisely shows himself incapable of discrimination." [Christopher Hitchens]
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