Definition of "racism" []

  • The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. (noun)
  • Discrimination or prejudice based on race. (noun)
  • The belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "racism" in a sentence
  • "September 17th, 2009 6: 40 pm ET racism is a word blacks use to get attention when they think their backs are against the wall or not getting their way. just like charles rangel tried to pull last week. or jimmie carter tried a day or two ago petiful people we have. mike, ,tn"
  • "But more important is this: We can oversimplify the term racism but we can also oversimplify the term power."
  • "The term racism is associated with invidious racial discrimination and the theories of white racial supremacy that supports them."