Definition of prejudice in English:

prejudice

noun

mass noun
  • 1Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.

    ‘English prejudice against foreigners’
    count noun ‘deep-rooted class prejudices’
    • ‘Such prejudices are the necessary base of defensive positions which might threaten our own sexual identity.’
    • ‘Governments tend to impose the opinions and prejudices of the majority.’
    • ‘We all bring to a film our own storehouse of experiences, impressions, prejudices.’
    • ‘As a straight woman with my own prejudices and preconceptions, I fall somewhere in between.’
    • ‘Each of us observes the world and the people with whom we come in contact through a lens refracted by our own upbringing, experiences and prejudices.’
    • ‘It's not a bunch of theory I've cooked up based on my own prejudices.’
    • ‘Preconceived notions are prejudices about what is supposed to happen during the ritual, or the way in which the ritual must be done.’
    • ‘They usually reveal more about the pollsters' prejudices than the public's opinions.’
    • ‘We put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt.’
    • ‘This views a disabled person as limited more by society's prejudices than by the actual disability.’
    • ‘In this way, preconceptions and prejudices are held at bay.’
    • ‘These flow from the interaction between people's experiences and the prejudices of the society they live in.’
    • ‘Some prejudices (preconceived opinions of an individual based on opinions about the many) have names such as racism, sexism, or ageism.’
    • ‘Another point of view may help to clarify thinking and offset preconceived notions or prejudices.’
    • ‘Every paper has its opinions and its prejudices; these are what one usually thinks of as the paper's distinctive voice.’
    preconceived idea, preconception, preconceived notion
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    1. 1.1 Dislike, hostility, or unjust behaviour deriving from preconceived and unfounded opinions.
      ‘accusations of racial prejudice’
      • ‘The community continues to fall victim to bigotry and prejudice on a regular basis.’
      • ‘He is taking the cast through the trial scene in To Kill a Mocking Bird, Harper Lee's classic story of racial prejudice in the American south.’
      • ‘Again, I think the absolute basis of all prejudice is ignorance and generalization.’
      • ‘It is one of the most misunderstood conditions in society, leaving sufferers facing prejudice on a daily basis.’
      • ‘Religious or racial prejudice and xenophobia are not likely to go away as long as human nature is what it is.’
      • ‘Thus, the isolation of groups in segregated communities is largely a product of previous prejudice and discrimination in housing.’
      • ‘Publicans, like everyone else in society, need to look at their own prejudice, bias and behaviours.’
      • ‘However, their lives were marred by poverty and misfortune due in large part to discrimination and prejudice.’
      • ‘Enable children to think more critically about prejudice and discriminatory behaviour.’
      • ‘That is, I begin with the assumption that human nature is originally good, and try to explain how and why racial prejudice and discrimination are nevertheless customary.’
      • ‘We were met with great prejudice and hostility in the workplace and often had to settle for lower-paid, part-time and freelance contracts - none of which came with a pension.’
      • ‘The objectives of Harmony Day, which are particularly poignant at this point in time, relate to racism, intolerance and prejudice.’
      • ‘In its worse days it provides the basis for prejudice, discrimination, violence.’
      • ‘Where none of these conditions hold, the scripture must be taken literally, and not rejected on the basis of mere prejudice.’
      • ‘Slurs, prejudice, and institutionalized discrimination were commonplace back then.’
      bigotry, bias, partisanship, partiality, intolerance, discrimination, a jaundiced eye, preference, one-sidedness, unfairness, inequality, inequity
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  • 2Law
    Harm or injury that results or may result from some action or judgement.

    ‘prejudice resulting from delay in the institution of the proceedings’
    • ‘The Inspector failed to set out adequate reasons for his decision, as a result of which the Claimant has suffered substantial prejudice.’
    • ‘In the present case, I see no irreparable harm or prejudice that cannot be compensated for by costs.’
    • ‘If the terms are causing significant prejudice in conjunction with the delay, an accused should apply to vary those conditions.’
    • ‘In the circumstances, it is necessary to assess whether the delay has caused irremediable prejudice to the defendant.’
    • ‘In that respect, we do not consider that any prejudice in fact resulted.’
    detriment, harm, disadvantage, damage, injury, hurt, impairment, loss
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Give rise to prejudice in (someone); make biased.

    ‘the statement might prejudice the jury’
    • ‘There are very many legal things I can think of that would prejudice me against a person more than smoking.’
    • ‘The smell of antiseptic and the fear of injections prejudiced me against him then, but he was the most important person in our village.’
    bias, influence, sway, predispose, make biased, make partial, make partisan, colour, poison, jaundice, warp, twist, slant, distort
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  • 2Law
    Cause harm to (a state of affairs)

    ‘delay is likely to prejudice the child's welfare’
    • ‘The plaintiff would be greatly prejudiced by any further delay in posting the security.’
    • ‘The Defendants have not been prejudiced by this error.’
    • ‘But I believe that routine disclosure of any Category A reports would be likely to prejudice the purpose of preventing or detecting crime.’
    • ‘We do not believe this extension would prejudice the state in any way in light of the Florida Supreme Court's opinion.’
    • ‘It is little bit hard to see how a guarantor is prejudiced by having a 10-year obligation reduced to some shorter obligation.’
    damage, be detrimental to, be prejudicial to, be disadvantageous to, injure, harm, hurt, mar, spoil, impair, undermine, be deleterious to, hinder, compromise, drive a nail into the coffin of
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Phrases

  • with prejudice

    • Extinguishing any right to pursue a claim in another suit.

      ‘the suit was dismissed with prejudice’
      • ‘In case of the class-action suit, following the deal with the Commision, all claims were dismissed with prejudice on 12 June.’
      • ‘That lawsuit, which Henning intended as a class action, was dismissed twice, the second time with prejudice, for failing to adequately state a claim.’
      • ‘This determination obviously put it in good stead because the company's lawsuit has been dismissed with prejudice.’
      • ‘However, as it did nothing to either entertain or offend me, I am dismissing this case with prejudice.’
  • without prejudice

    • Without detriment to any existing right or claim.

      ‘the payment was made without any prejudice to her rights’
      • ‘The motion was dismissed, on terms, without prejudice to the defendant's right to renew the motion at trial.’
      • ‘He is to stress that any acceptance by us of the keys is without prejudice to the dilapidations claim.’
      • ‘This discharge is in addition to and without prejudice to any other discharge given to the Trustees.’
      • ‘This procedure is without prejudice to the Supervising Officer's responsibility under the building contract.’
      • ‘The order included a provision that it was without prejudice to the right of the defendants to add her name if they so chose.’
      justly, equitably, impartially, without bias, without prejudice, without fear or favour, with an open mind, open-mindedly, even-handedly, objectively, neutrally, disinterestedly
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Origin

Middle English (in prejudice (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old French, from Latin praejudicium, from prae ‘in advance’ + judicium ‘judgement’.

Pronunciation

prejudice

/ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs/