miscegenation[mi sej′ə nā′s̸hən, mis′ə jə-]
Origin of miscegenationcoined (c. 1863) ; from Classical Latin miscere, mix + genus, race (see genus) + -ation
Origin of miscegenationLatin miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots + genus, race; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots + –ation.
Often considered offensive, pejorative, or old-fashioned, alternative terms are more common in contemporary use, such as interracial, interethnic or cross-cultural for relationships, and mixed-race, multiracial, or mixed for persons.
In scholarly use, miscegenation is particularly used for historical discussions, and in current use has been repurposed by academics to analyze the emotions, reactions, and anxieties held by people about interracial couplings.
Reportedly coined in an anonymous propaganda pamphlet printed in New York City in December 1863, entitled Miscegenation: The Theory of the Blending of the Races, Applied to the American White Man and Negro. Replaced previous amalgamation, from metallurgy. See further discussion.