- Prejudice is an opinion or judgment that disregards the facts.
- An example of prejudice is racism.
- An example of prejudice is liking a person because they have blue eyes.
- An example of prejudice is not liking someone because they don't share your religion.
An example of prejudice is racism.
prejudice definition by Webster's New World
- a judgment or opinion formed before the facts are known; preconceived idea, favorable or, more usually, unfavorable
- a judgment or opinion held in disregard of facts that contradict it; unreasonable bias: a prejudice against modern art
- the holding of such judgments or opinions
- suspicion, intolerance, or irrational hatred of other races, creeds, regions, occupations, etc.
- injury or harm resulting as from some judgment or action of another or others
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin praejudicium ; from prae-, before (see pre-) plush judicium, judgment ; from judex (gen. judicis), judge
prejudice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.b. A preconceived preference or idea.
- The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection.
- Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
- Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others.
- To cause (someone) to judge prematurely and irrationally. See Synonyms at bias.
- To affect injuriously or detrimentally by a judgment or an act.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praeiūdicium : prae-, pre- + iūdicium, judgment (from iūdex, iūdic-, judge; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
prejudice - Cultural Definition
A hostile opinion about some person or class of persons. Prejudice is socially learned and is usually grounded in misconception, misunderstanding, and inflexible generalizations. In particular, African-Americans have been victims of prejudice on a variety of social, economic, and political levels. (See civil rights movement and segregation.)
prejudice - Legal Definition
prejudice - Phrases/Idioms
- without detriment or injury
- Law without dismissal of or detriment to (a legal right, claim, etc.): often with to