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ˈprɛdʒ ə dɪsprej·u·dice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bias, prejudice, preconceptionverb

    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

  2. prejudiceverb

    disadvantage by prejudice

  3. prejudice, prepossessverb

    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance


  1. prejudicenoun

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

  2. prejudicenoun

    Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.

  3. prejudicenoun

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

  4. prejudicenoun

    The damage caused by such fear or hatred.

  5. prejudicenoun

    Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.

  6. prejudiceverb

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

  7. prejudiceverb

    To cause prejudice.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PREJUDICEnoun

    Etymology: prejudice, Fr. prejudicium, Lat.

    The king himself frequently considered more the person who spoke, as he was in his prejudice, than the counsel itself that was given. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    My comfort is, that their manifest prejudice to my cause will render their judgment of less authority. Dryden.

    There is an unaccountable prejudice to projectors of all kinds, for which reason, when I talk of practising to fly, silly people think me an owl for my pains. Addison.

    I have not spake one the least word,
    That might be prejudice of her present state,
    Or touch of her good person. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    England and France might, through their amity,
    Breed him some prejudice; for from this league
    Peep’d harms that menac’d him. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Factions carried too high and too violently, is a sign of weakness in princes, and much to the prejudice of their authority and business. Francis Bacon.

    How plain this abuse is, and what prejudice it does to the understanding of the sacred scriptures. John Locke.

    A prince of this character will instruct us by his example, to fix the unsteadiness of our politicks; or by his conduct hinder it from doing us any prejudice. Addison.

  2. To Prejudiceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Half-pillars wanted their expected height,
    And roofs imperfect prejudic’d the sight. Matthew Prior.

    Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind, so far as to despise all other learning. Isaac Watts.

    No snares to captivate the mind he spreads,
    Nor bribes your eyes to prejudice your heads. Anonym.

    Companies of learned men, be they never so great and reverend, are to yield unto reason; the weight whereof is no whit prejudiced by the simplicity of his person, which doth alledge it. Richard Hooker, b. ii. s. 7.

    Neither must his example, done without the book, prejudice that which is well appointed in the book. John Whitgift.

    I am not to prejudice the cause of my fellow-poets, though I abandon my own defence. Dryden.

    The strength of that law is such, that no particular nation can lawfully prejudice the same by any their several laws and ordinances, more than a man by his private resolutions, the law of the whole commonwealth wherein he liveth. Richard Hooker.

    The Danube rescu’d, and the empire sav’d,
    Say, is the majesty of verse retriev’d?
    And would it prejudice thy softer vein,
    To sing the princes, Louis and Eugene? Matthew Prior.

    To this is added a vinous bitter, warmer in the composition of its ingredients than the watry infusion; and, as gentian and lemon-peel make a bitter of so grateful a flavour, the only care required in this composition was to chuse such an addition as might not prejudice it. London Dispensatory.


  1. prejudice

    Prejudice refers to preconceived opinion or judgment, usually in a negative manner, about a person or group due to their perceived characteristics, qualities, or attributes, such as their race, religion, gender, nationality, social class, age, disability, or other personal traits. It is often based on stereotypes and lacks concrete evidence, leading to biased attitudes and discriminatory behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prejudicenoun


  2. Prejudicenoun

    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. Prejudicenoun

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

  4. Prejudicenoun

    mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment

  5. Prejudicenoun

    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. Prejudicenoun

    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. Etymology: [Cf. F. prjudicier. See Prejudice, n.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. prejudice

    An opinion or decision of mind formed without due examination; prejudgment; a bias or leaning toward one side or the other of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection or prepossession for or against anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything formed without proper grounds, or before suitable knowledge.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of prejudice in a Sentence

  1. William Copeland:

    This study is about righting a longstanding error and prejudice about the differences between these common childhood adversities, it suggests that whether we are talking about prevention, screening or treatment, our notions of childhood mistreatment need to be broader and more holistic than they have been.

  2. Nomboniso Gasa:

    This man is laying the basis for a serious contestation that South Africa is going to have, he is pushing the boundaries. He has started with the most vulnerable - those who always suffer prejudice - but he's also saying to government and everybody else who is opposed to his absolute authority as a Zulu king: 'You watch it.'.

  3. Heidi Tworek:

    It is fantastic because it's not just about countering disinformation, it is about countering stigma and prejudice, this is not rocket science. These are basic tenets of health and risk communications [ in order to ] establish trust.

  4. Hebrew Proverb:

    Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence.

  5. Paulo Ganime:

    Most of the quota laws in Brazil, and elsewhere, don’t work, they mask a problem and sometimes create even more prejudice over a subject.

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