- 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.
- 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 of prejudiceMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin praejudicium ; from prae-, before (see pre-) + judicium, judgment ; from judex (gen. judicis), judge
- without detriment or injury
- Law without dismissal of or detriment to (a legal right, claim, etc.): often with to
- a. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions: “This is not actually a volume of the best short stories &ellipsis; These are just the stories that I like best, and I am full of prejudice and strong opinions” (Ann Patchett).b. An adverse judgment or opinion formed unfairly or without knowledge of the facts: a boy with a prejudice against unfamiliar foods.
- Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular social group, such as a race or the adherents of a religion.
- a. Detriment or harm caused to a person, especially in a legal case: The delay operated to her prejudice.b. Preclusionary effect, preventing further pursuit of one's interests: The case was dismissed with prejudice.
transitive verbprej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing, prej·u·dic·es
- To fill with prejudice or cause to judge with prejudice. See Synonyms at bias.
- To affect detrimentally or harmfully by a judgment or act.
Origin of prejudiceMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin praeiūdicium : prae-, pre- + iūdicium, judgment (from iūdex, iūdic-, judge; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
(countable and uncountable, plural prejudices)
- (countable) An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
- (countable) Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
- (countable) An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
- I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
(third-person singular simple present prejudices, present participle prejudicing, simple past and past participle prejudiced)
- To have a negative impact on someone's position, chances etc.
- To cause prejudice.
From Old French prejudice, from Latin praeiÅ«dicium (“previous judgment or damage"), from prae- (“before") + iÅ«dicium (“judgment").
prejudice - Legal Definition