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Definition of "prejudice" []

  • An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts. (noun)
  • A preconceived preference or idea. (noun)
  • The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection. (noun)
  • Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion. (noun)
  • Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or 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.

Use "prejudice" in a sentence
  • "Break down the word prejudice and what do you get?"
  • "In this sense, stereotypes conform to the literal meaning of the word "prejudice," which is a prejudgment, derived from the Latin praejudicium."
  • "Although racial attitudes are what most of us think about when we hear the word prejudice, the longest standing bastion of prejudice is religion."
  • "Break down the word prejudice and what do you get?"
  • "In this sense, stereotypes conform to the literal meaning of the word "prejudice," which is a prejudgment, derived from the Latin praejudicium."
  • "Although racial attitudes are what most of us think about when we hear the word prejudice, the longest standing bastion of prejudice is religion."