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Meaning of prejudice by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    • præjudice ( archaic )


    From Old French préjudice, from Latin praeiūdicium ( “previous judgment or damage” ), from prae- ( “before” ) + iūdicium ( “judgment” ) .


    • IPA: /ˈpɹɛd͡ʒudɪs/


    prejudice ( plural: prejudices )

    1. An adverse judgement or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts .
    2. Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative .
    3. An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion .
    4. The damage caused by such fear or hatred .
    5. ( obsolete ) Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.

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Explanation of prejudice by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. influence ( somebody's ) opinion in advance

    2. disadvantage by prejudice

    1. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

    Definition of prejudice by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Prejudice n. [F. préjudice, L. praejudicium; prae before + judicium judgment. See Prejudicate, Judicial.]
      1. Foresight. [Obs.]

      Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. Spenser.

      2. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge.

      Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man. Macaulay.

      3. ( Law ) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.

      4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. Locke.

      England and France might, through their amity,

      Breed him some prejudice. Shak.

      Syn. -- Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage.

    2. Prejudice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudiced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing] [Cf. F. préjudicier. See Prejudice, n.]
      1. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, “to prejudice a critic or a juryman”.

      Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning. I. Watts

      2. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, “to prejudice a good cause”.

      Seek how may prejudice the foe. Shak