What does prejudice mean?

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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.

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. Hillary Clinton:

    He has been trafficking in prejudice and paranoia throughout this campaign.

  2. Benjamin Franklin:

    Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

  3. Tom Malinowski:

    Conspiracy theories that falsely blame secret cabals and marginalized groups for the problems of society have long fueled prejudice, violence and terrorism, it's time for us to come together across party lines to say that QAnon has no place in our nation's political discourse.

  4. Abe Foxman:

    All my life I was lucky enough to fight prejudice and anti-Semitism, if you don't believe you can change people's hearts and minds, why bother ? If you are not going to try and change hearts and minds, why are you in this business at all ?

  5. John Ratcliffe:

    Hes looking at the same documents that I am, hes not sharing his findings or the work that hes doing. But Im coordinating with him to make sure that he has the intelligence documents that he needs to do his work. And what I dont want to do is declassify something that might prejudice his work. So were going to have to coordinate as we go forward with the completion of his work with my ability to declassify documents.

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