What does racism mean?

Definitions for racismˈreɪ sɪz əm

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

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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of racism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of racism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. R. Buckminster Fuller, Playboy Interview - February 1972:

    Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction.

  2. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva:

    Colorblind racism is the new racial music most people dance to, the 'new racism' is subtle, institutionalized and seemingly nonracial.

  3. Roy Innis:

    To make inexpensive guns impossible to get is to say that you're putting a money test on getting a gun. It's racism in its worst form.

  4. Crystal Moten:

    The idea of calling it racial bias lessens the blow, do you want to lessen the blow or do you want to eradicate racism? I want to eradicate racism.

  5. Brad Cohen:

    I was not only shocked and disappointed but disgusted by the outright display of racism displayed in the video, sAE is a diverse organization, and we have zero tolerance for racism or any bad behavior.

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