Definitions for Racismˈreɪ sɪz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. racism(noun)

    the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races

  2. racism, racialism, racial discrimination(noun)

    discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race


  1. racism(Noun)

    The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.

  2. racism(Noun)

    The belief that one race is superior to all others.

  3. racism(Noun)

    Prejudice or discrimination based upon race.

  4. Origin: From racisme.


  1. Racism

    Racism is usually defined as views, practices and actions reflecting the belief that humanity is divided into distinct biological groups called races and that members of a certain race share certain attributes which make that group as a whole less desirable, more desirable, inferior, or superior. The exact definition of racism is controversial both because there is little scholarly agreement about the meaning of the concept "race", and because there is also little agreement about what does and doesn't constitute discrimination. Critics argue that the term is applied differentially, with a focus on such prejudices by whites, and defining mere observations of racial differences as racism. Some definitions would have it that any assumption that a person's behavior would be influenced by their racial categorization is racist, regardless of whether the action is intentionally harmful or pejorative. Other definitions only include consciously malignant forms of discrimination. Among the questions about how to define racism are the question of whether to include forms of discrimination that are unintentional, such as making assumptions about preferences or abilities of others based on racial stereotypes, whether to include symbolic or institutionalized forms of discrimination such as the circulation of ethnic stereotypes through the media, and whether to include the socio-political dynamics of social stratification that sometimes have a racial component. Some definitions of racism also include discriminatory behaviors and beliefs based on cultural, national, ethnic, caste, or religious stereotypes.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Racism' in Nouns Frequency: #2862

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