Definition of prejudice noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpredʒudɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpredʒudɪs//
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  • [uncountable, countable] an unreasonable dislike of or preference for a person, group, custom, etc., especially when it is based on their race, religion, sex, etc. a victim of racial prejudice Their decision was based on ignorance and prejudice. prejudice against somebody/something There is little prejudice against workers from other EU states. prejudice in favour of somebody/something I must admit to a prejudice in favour of British universities. CollocationsRace and immigrationPrejudice and racism experience/​encounter racism/​discrimination/​prejudice/​anti-semitism face/​suffer persecution/​discrimination fear/​escape from/​flee racial/​political/​religious persecution constitute/​be a form of racial/​race discrimination reflect/​reveal/​show/​have a racial/​cultural bias be biased/​be prejudiced against (especially British English) black people/(both especially North American English) people of color/​African Americans/​Asians/​Africans/​Indians, etc. discriminate against minority groups/​minorities perpetuate/​conform to/​fit/​defy a common/​popular/​traditional/​negative stereotype overcome/​be blinded by deep-seated/​racial/(especially North American English) race prejudice entrench/​perpetuate racist attitudes hurl/​shout (especially British English) racist abuse; (especially North American English) a racist/​racial/​ethnic slur challenge/​confront racism/​discrimination/​prejudice combat/​fight (against)/tackle blatant/​overt/​covert/​subtle/​institutional/​systemic racismRace and society damage/​improve (especially British English) race relations practise/ (especially US English) practice (racial/​religious) tolerance/​segregation bridge/​break down/​transcend cultural/​racial barriers encourage/​promote social integration outlaw/​end discrimination/​slavery/​segregation promote/​embrace/​celebrate cultural diversity conform to/​challenge/​violate (accepted/​established/​prevailing/​dominant) social/​cultural norms live in a multicultural society attack/​criticize multiculturalism fight for/​struggle for/​promote racial equality perpetuate/​reinforce economic and social inequality introduce/​be for/​be against (British English) positive discrimination/(especially North American English) affirmative action support/​be active in/​play a leading role in the civil rights movementImmigration control/​restrict/​limit/​encourage immigration attract/​draw a wave of immigrants assist/​welcome refugees house/​shelter refugees and asylum seekers smuggle illegal immigrants into the UK deport/​repatriate illegal immigrants/​failed asylum seekers assimilate/​integrate new immigrants employ/​hire migrant workers exploit/​rely on (cheap/​illegal) immigrant labour/(especially US English) labor apply for/​gain/​obtain/​be granted/​be denied (full) citizenship have/​hold dual citizenship See related entries: Social justice
  • Word OriginMiddle English (originally as a legal term): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae ‘in advance’ + judicium ‘judgement’.Extra examples It’s hard to break down old prejudices. It’s time to put aside our old prejudices. She had never encountered such deep prejudice before. She has not been afraid to challenge popular prejudices. The tale is told without prejudice or bias. We all have prejudices of some kind. We must not pander to the irrational prejudices of a small minority. a book written to challenge prejudices about disabled people deep-rooted prejudice against homosexuals prejudice among ignorant people prejudice towards immigrants Anti-Islamic prejudice has increased considerably in recent years. Anti-gay prejudice was extremely common among people in the army. He was just talking out of blind prejudice. I encountered quite serious prejudice when I worked in the construction industry. I’m afraid all the debate did was confirm my own prejudices. In any interview, you have to take into account the interviewer’s prejudices. Irrational prejudice is what drives most racial discrimination in society. Prejudice towards new immigrants meant that many were unable to find work. There is still widespread prejudice against people who are HIV positive.Idioms
    without prejudice (to something)
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    (law) without affecting any other legal matter They agreed to pay compensation without prejudice (= without admitting guilt).
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