The act of denying rights, benefits, justice, equitable treatment, or access to facilities available to all others, to an individual or group of people because of their race, age, gender, handicap or other defining characteristic. See also reverse discrimination.
Other Word Forms of Discrimination
Origin of Discrimination
From Latin discrimīnatiō, discrimīnatiōnem, the action noun to discrīminō, discrīmināre (“discriminate”).
Learned Latinism in English use from the 17th century.
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