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See also: préjudice
- præjudice (archaic)
- (countable) An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
- 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 7, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
- Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man.
- (countable) Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
- (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.
- (obsolete) Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.
- (obsolete) Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
- 1793, Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, §20:
- We both of us happen’d to know, as well as the Stationer, that Riddlesden the Attorney, was a very Knave. He had half ruin’d Miss Read’s Father by drawing him in to be bound for him. By his Letter it appear’d, there was a secret Scheme on foot to the Prejudice of Hamilton, (Suppos’d to be then coming over with us,) and that Keith was concern’d in it with Riddlesden. [...]
- (Can we find and add a quotation of John Locke to this entry?)
- 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- England and France might, through their amity, / Breed him some prejudice.
- (Can we date this quote by Fuller and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
- For Pens, so usefull for Scholars to note the remarkables they read, with an impression easily deleble without prejudice to the Book.
- (law) with prejudice – precluding subsequent action
- (law) without prejudice – without affecting a legal interest
- in prejudice of – to the detriment or injury of
- to the prejudice of – with resulting harm to
adverse judgement formed beforehand
any preconceived opinion
irrational hostile attitude
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- (transitive) To have a negative impact on (someone's position, chances etc.).
- (transitive) To cause prejudice in; to bias the mind of.
to have a negative impact
to cause prejudice