Definition of racist in US English:

racist

noun

  • A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or who believes that a particular race is superior to another.

    ‘the comments have led to her being called a racist’
    • ‘I'm not saying that he is a racist, as I know he was only joking, but it's fascinating to me how many people around us, who say they aren't racist, are against interracial relationships.’
    • ‘He found most to be uneducated racists with little to offer a discerning and spiritually hungry young man.’
    • ‘She offers words of comfort, but only brash American Dan (Bonar Colleano) actually challenges the racist.’
    • ‘The basic charge is that these men, critics of capitalism, were racists, anti-Semites, and elitists.’
    • ‘I think how proud I am of her for going from fearing racists to wanting to fight them.’
    • ‘Racism is an indelible part of Travis's makeup, but it is important to acknowledge that this is a film about a racist rather than a racist film.’
    • ‘Breton, Surrealism's leader and a past master of character assassination, claimed in the final issue of Minotaure that Dali was a self-confessed racist, and Dali chose not to respond.’
    • ‘He railed against being called a racist, a charge leveled at him off and on throughout his career.’
    • ‘Cinema itself was a popular entertainment by 1904, the year of the novel's setting, and its traces can also be found, not just in the formal experiments of the novel, but in scenes such as the chasing of advertising canvasser Leopold Bloom by a one-eyed racist and a "mangy mongrel."’
    • ‘It is time for strong action to be taken to show the racists that their chanting and form of supporting is not welcome.’
    • ‘They're racists because they are driven by hate, and whatever they do, that viciousness just bubbles over.’
    • ‘With criminals, terrorists, racists etc etc using the Internet to bypass the police, the police will be increasingly frustrated in its attempts to bring them to justice.’
    • ‘"You may not be a racist but the people who vote for you are," I said to him.’
    • ‘Of these people, misguided as they may be, few are actual racists.’
    • ‘Moreover, racists do not need any assistance or prompting in pursuing their malevolent agenda.’
    • ‘The chef is a foul-mouthed racist.’
    • ‘Baker elicits a stirring performance from Brenda De Banzie as Nell, whose transformation from typical housewife and mother to snarling racist is the centrepiece of the drama.’
    • ‘Moreover, such discrimination played into the hands of racists who argued less that races were unequal than that national and racial differences were objective and insurmountable and that assimilation would never work, in order to justify their argument that immigrants should be sent home.’
    racial bigot, racialist, xenophobe, chauvinist
    discriminatory, racially discriminatory, racialist, prejudiced, bigoted, biased, intolerant, illiberal
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adjective

  • Showing or feeling discrimination or prejudice against people of other races, or believing that a particular race is superior to another.

    ‘we are investigating complaints about racist abuse at the club’
    • ‘I think we still have certain people who are racist in attitudes.’
    • ‘To be against the culture of white slave-owners was not to be racist against whites.’
    • ‘Any old comment I make is immediately construed to be racist by some people.’
    • ‘She has fallen foul of strict government rules which she condemned today as outdated and racist.’
    • ‘I have come to the conclusion that I am probably less racist than most people.’
    • ‘There are liberals also in many cases that are racist.’
    • ‘People might actually have to admit that they themselves are racist!’
    • ‘I don't reject friends because they politically aren't like me, or they are racist, gay or whatever.’
    • ‘In other words, do you think our society is making progress toward becoming less racist?’
    • ‘The politicians are prepared to accept, on occasion, that some people are racist.’
    • ‘There is something racist in expelling those people from the country once they become unemployed.’
    • ‘In only a few cases, he said, did it appear an employer was actively racist in his hiring practices.’
    • ‘We now have rules, regulations and laws against racism, and more people are taught not to be racist.’
    • ‘Network Rail has accepted responsibility for the property but said that unless the graffiti was racist or obscene it was not a priority.’
    • ‘Immigration controls are, in any case, inherently racist.’
    • ‘You claim I must be racist.’
    • ‘Nor did he claim that the policies of the Metropolitan Police Service were intentionally racist.’

Pronunciation

racist

/ˈreɪsəst//ˈrāsəst/