Definition of miscegenation in English:



mass noun
  • The interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types.

    ‘they believe in miscegenation as the answer to world peace’
    • ‘Laws against miscegenation were still on the books in many states, and it was only a decade since the Brown decision of 1954, which ruled that segregated schooling was inherently unequal.’
    • ‘Of course, in the genre of domestic colonial fiction, the great danger posed by interracial marriage is continued miscegenation and racial degeneration.’
    • ‘In his opinion, miscegenation, illegitimacy, and racial impurity had no place in the construction of a pure and legitimate national race.’
    • ‘I seek here to explore these questions of miscegenation and homosexuality in these literary and cultural texts, demonstrating the conundrum of nationalism in the context of the indubitable threat of oppression.’
    • ‘This literary trend is reason enough to call into question the conceptual alignment between the personal and the political informing Faulkner's ambivalent responses toward miscegenation.’
    • ‘He, too, explores the taboo of interracial sex, but it is ultimately poverty - not miscegenation - that brings about the demise of his main characters.’
    • ‘The text, in its subversion of racial and cultural purity, posits miscegenation and hybridity as potentially positive, even liberating, forces.’
    • ‘The taboo against miscegenation underpinned many of these negative colonial representations.’
    • ‘Not only did laws against miscegenation limit the personal and civil freedom of white men but these same laws also often served to encourage interracial couples to maintain a sexual relationship outside of marriage.’
    • ‘Her mother died when she was very young (likely as a result of miscegenation, if we are to believe old Hollywood's edicts!’
    • ‘To them, Lincoln's election necessitated secession because a Republican-controlled federal government would prompt either the ultimate miscegenation of the races or a cataclysmic race war.’
    • ‘But, as the situation in the colonies changed due to conflicting views about the rise in miscegenation and the growing numbers of offspring from such liaisons, a new opportunity arose for women.’
    • ‘Especially strong is his exploration of the theme of miscegenation in Star Trek; he argues that Spock and other biracial characters are latter-day versions of the tragic mulatto stereotype.’
    • ‘In the early twentieth century, African American literary depictions of miscegenation abound, but most of these dramas and narratives are set in US cities and perhaps overseas in Paris or London.’
    • ‘Her poems ‘Cosmopolite’ and ‘Fusion’ both signal great potential in the new hybrid of racial identity that results from miscegenation in the United States.’
    • ‘Fear of miscegenation and xenophobia and the consequent race riots resulted in restrictive legislation against the importation of Pacific and Chinese labor.’
    • ‘The question remains of why, between 1935 and 1937, the courts often delivered relatively mild judgements, and why a harsher judgement practice only gradually emerged in matters concerning miscegenation.’
    • ‘With his images, Alexie draws up an American identity where aboriginality appears in a constant state of becoming, where any claim to authenticity must contend with a continual process of miscegenation.’
    • ‘Worst of all, the men of the community gossip that she sleeps with white men, an allegation that stimulates discussion of issues of miscegenation, integration, and racial betrayal.’
    • ‘By tackling the taboo topic of miscegenation and representing it in both the form and content of her plays, Kennedy represents the African American struggle against both external and internal oppression.’


Mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Latin miscere ‘to mix’ + genus ‘race’ + -ation.