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prejudice

noun

verb

  1. (justice)  to disadvantage by prejudice
    Topic: justice. Type of: disadvantage
  2. (influence)  to influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    Synonyms: prepossess. Type of: influence

Etymology summary

[noun] "despite, contempt", from Old French prejudice (13th ... | [verb] "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Prejudice

refers to prejudgment: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case. In recent times, the word has come to be most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of ... (43 of 4331 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

prejudice | to the prejudice of [sense-specific] | without prejudice [sense-specific]

an opinion formed beforehand, especially an unfavourable one based on inadequate facts | the act or condition of holding such opinions | intolerance ... (21 of 556 words, 8 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prejudice

Merriam-Webster:

prejudice [entry 1, noun] | favor [synonym, sense-specific] | nonobjectivity [synonym, sense-specific] | one-sidedness [synonym, sense-specific] | partiality [synonym, sense-specific] | parti pris [synonym, sense-specific] | partisanship [synonym, sense-specific] | ply [synonym, sense-specific] | bias [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

injury or damage resulting from some judgment or action of another in ... | preconceived judgment or opinion ; an adverse opinion or leaning formed ... (24 of 381 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prejudice

prejudice [entry 2, verb] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | bias [synonym, sense-specific] | poison [synonym, sense-specific] | turn [synonym, sense-specific] | dispose [similar, sense-specific] | incline [similar, sense-specific] | predispose [similar, sense-specific] | ...

to injure or damage by some judgment or action (as in a case of law) | to cause to have prejudice(see "prejudice" [entry 1]) (23 of 170 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

prejudice | with prejudice | without prejudice

preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience | dislike, hostility, or unjust behaviour deriving from preconceived and ... (20 of 182 words, 7 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prejudice

Columbia Encyclopedia:

prejudice

unsubstantiated prejudgment of an individual or group, favorable or unfavorable in character, tending to action in a consonant direction. The ... (20 of 162 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0840049​.html

American Heritage Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | prejudices [3rd-person singular present]

An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts. | A preconceived preference or idea. | The act or ... (23 of 116 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prejudice

Cambridge Dictionary:

prejudice [entry 1] | without prejudice to something

an unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge | "without prejudice to sth": [formal or ... (21 of 115 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prejudice 1

prejudice [entry 2]

Someone or something that prejudices you influences you unfairly so that you form an unreasonable opinion about something | [formal] Something or ... (21 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prejudice 2

New World Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

a judgment or opinion formed before the facts are known; preconceived idea, favorable or, more usually, unfavorable | a judgment or opinion held in ... (23 of 112 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prejudice

Random House Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | without prejudice [sense-specific]

an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason. | any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable ... (20 of 110 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/prejudice

Britannica Encyclopedia:

prejudice [behaviour]

adverse or hostile attitude toward a group or its individual members, generally without just grounds or before sufficient evidence. It's characterized ... (21 of 78 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/474816​/prejudice

Wiktionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | præjudice [archaic, sense-specific]

An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts. | Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative. | An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion. |... (36 of 78 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prejudice

Macmillan British Dictionary:

prejudice [transitive, verb] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | prejudices [3rd-person singular present]

to make someone form an opinion about someone or something before they have enough information | [formal] to harm or damage someone or something (23 of 75 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prejudice 7

prejudice [countable/uncountable] | prejudices [plural]

an unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially the feeling of not liking a particular group of people (16 of 57 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prejudice

Encarta Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

a preformed opinion, usually an unfavorable one, based on insufficient knowledge, irrational feelings, or inaccurate stereotypes | the holding of ... (19 of 178 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737282​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

prejudice

First use: late 13th century | mid-15th century

Origin: [noun] "despite, contempt", from Old French prejudice (13th ... | [verb] "to injure or be detrimental to", from "prejudice" (Noun). The meaning "to... (27 of 91 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=prejudice

Collins Dictionary:

prejudice

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French préjudice, from Latin praejūdicium a preceding judgment, disadvantage, from prae before + jūdicium trial, sentence, from jūdex a judge

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prejudice

American Heritage Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | prejudices [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praeiūdicium: prae-, pre- + iūdicium, judgment (from iūdex, ... (15 of 21 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prejudice

New World Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Latin praejudicium from prae-, before (see "pre-") + judicium, judgment from judex (generally judicis), "judge"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prejudice

Oxford Dictionary:

prejudice

Origin: Middle English (in "... of the noun"): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae "in advance" + judicium "judgement"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prejudice

Wiktionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

Origin: Old French préjudice, from Latin praeiūdicium ("previous judgment or damage"), from prae- ("before") + iūdicium ("judgment").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/prejudice

Merriam-Webster:

prejudice [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praejudicium previous judgment, damage, from prae- + judicium judgment

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/prejudice

Encarta Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin praejudicium "judgment in advance" from judicium "judgment"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861737282​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prejudice"

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Collins Dictionary:

prejudice

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Cambridge Dictionary:

prejudice [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prejudice"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "prejudice"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

prejudice [transitive, verb] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | prejudices [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prejudice"

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prejudice [countable/uncountable] | prejudices [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prejudice"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

prejudice [transitive, verb] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle] | prejudices [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prejudice"

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prejudice [countable/uncountable] | prejudices [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prejudice"

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the Free Dictionary:

prejudice

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Google Dictionary:

prejudice | prejudices [plural] | prejudiced [past tense] | prejudicing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "prejudice"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

prejudice

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prejudice"

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YourDictionary Audio:

prejudice

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