What does prejudice mean?

Definitions for prejudiceˈprɛdʒ ə dɪs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prejudice.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bias, prejudice, preconception(verb)

    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

  2. prejudice(verb)

    disadvantage by prejudice

  3. prejudice, prepossess(verb)

    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

Wiktionary

  1. prejudice(Noun)

    An adverse judgement or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.

  2. prejudice(Noun)

    Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.

  3. prejudice(Noun)

    An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.

  4. prejudice(Noun)

    The damage caused by such fear or hatred.

  5. prejudice(Noun)

    Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.

  6. prejudice(Verb)

    To have a negative impact on someone's position, chances etc.

  7. prejudice(Verb)

    To cause prejudice.

  8. Origin: From préjudice, from praeiudicium, from prae- + iudicium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prejudice(noun)

    foresight

  2. Prejudice(noun)

    an opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge

  3. Prejudice(noun)

    a bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment

  4. Prejudice(noun)

    mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment

  5. Prejudice(noun)

    to cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman

  6. Prejudice(noun)

    to obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause

  7. Origin: [Cf. F. prjudicier. See Prejudice, n.]

Freebase

  1. Prejudice

    The word prejudice refers to prejudgment: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. In recent times, the word has come to be most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. In this case it refers to a positive or negative evaluation of another person based on their group membership. Prejudice can also refer to unfounded beliefs and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence." Gordon Allport defined prejudice as a "feeling, favorable or unfavorable, toward a person or thing, prior to, or not based on, actual experience."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prejudice

    prej′ū-dis, n. a judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without due examination: a prejudgment: unreasonable prepossession for or against anything: bias: injury or wrong of any kind: disadvantage: mischief.—v.t. to fill with prejudice: to cause a prejudice against: to prepossess: to bias the mind of: to injure or hurt.—adj. Prejudi′cial, causing prejudice or injury: disadvantageous: injurious: mischievous: tending to obstruct.—adv. Prejudi′cially.—n. Prejudi′cialness. [O. Fr.,—L. præjudiciumpræ, before, judicium, judgment.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Prejudice

    A preconceived judgment made without adequate evidence and not easily alterable by presentation of contrary evidence.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prejudice' in Nouns Frequency: #2234

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prejudice in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prejudice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. H.L. Mencken:

    Criticism is prejudice made plausible.

  2. Miriam Moskowitz:

    My 98-year-old life goes on, i am disappointed because it reflects not so much on me but on the prejudice of the McCarthy era.

  3. John Jay Chapman:

    It is just as impossible to help reform by conciliating prejudice as it is by buying votes. Prejudice is the enemy. Whoever is not for you is against you.

  4. Yoshiko Sakurai:

    When we see lots of misunderstanding or prejudice against Japan's history, we'd like to at least set the record straight, we have already lost (the information war). Now we have to recover.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Color is only skin deep, but Prejudice penetrates to the bone. Color often fades away, yet Prejudice holds its own. Prejudice is the lock on the door to Wisdom, while Equality is the key to release that latch.

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