prejudice

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Etymology[edit]

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɛd͡ʒədɪs/
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Noun[edit]

prejudice (countable and uncountable, plural prejudices)

  1. (countable) An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Macaulay
      Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man.
  2. (countable) Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
  3. (countable) An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
    I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
  4. (obsolete) Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.ix:
      the first did in the forepart sit, / That nought mote hinder his quicke preiudize: / He had a sharpe foresight, and working wit []
  5. (obsolete) Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Locke to this entry?)
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      England and France might, through their amity, / Breed him some prejudice.

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Verb[edit]

prejudice (third-person singular simple present prejudices, present participle prejudicing, simple past and past participle prejudiced)

  1. (transitive) To have a negative impact on someone's position, chances etc.
  2. (transitive) To cause prejudice.

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Noun[edit]

prejudice f (oblique plural prejudices, nominative singular prejudice, nominative plural prejudices)

  1. (chiefly law) harm; damage
  2. (chiefly law) prejudgment; prejudice