discrimination[di skrim′i nā′s̸hən]
- Discrimination is defined as distinguishing differences between things or treating someone as inferior based on their race, sex, national origin, age or other characteristics.
- An example of discrimination is when you can tell the difference between fine wine and cheap wine.
- An example of discrimination is when a company refuses to hire women because they are women.
- the act of discriminating, or distinguishing differences
- the ability to make or perceive distinctions; perception; discernment
- partiality, or bias, in the treatment of a person or group, which is unfair, illegal, etc.
- an act, policy, pattern of behavior, etc. characterized by such partiality
Origin of discriminationClassical Latin discriminatio
- The act of discriminating.
- The ability or power to see or make fine distinctions; discernment.
- Treatment or consideration based on class or category, such as race or gender, rather than individual merit; partiality or prejudice.
See also favoritism.ageism, agism discrimination on the basis of age, especially against older people. chauvinism ardent, unreasoned favoritism for a particular group. See also nationalism. —chauvinist, n. racism discrimination on the basis of race, especially against blacks and other non-whites. sexism discrimination on the basis of sex, especially against women.
- a distinction; discernment, the act of discriminating, discerning, distinguishing, noting or perceiving differences between things.
- The state of being discriminated, distinguished from, or set apart.
- (sometimes discrimination against) distinct treatment of an individual or group to their disadvantage; treatment or consideration based on class or category rather than individual merit; partiality; prejudice; bigotry
- sexual or racial discrimination
- The quality of being discriminating, acute discernment, specifically in a learning situation; as to show great discrimination in the choice of means.
- That which discriminates; mark of distinction, a characteristic.
From Latin discrimīnatiō, discrimīnatiōnem, the action noun to discrīminō, discrīmināre (“discriminate”).
Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.
discrimination - Legal Definition