- Word History
|part of speech:
||discriminates, discriminating, discriminated
||to judge or treat someone unfairly because he or she belongs to a particular group or category of people (usually followed by "against").
Some people discriminate against immigrants.
||to see a clear difference; make a distinction.
He could not discriminate between the two brands of cola.
||discriminated (adj.), discriminately (adv.), discriminator (n.)
comes from a Latin word that means "to divide, separate, or distinquish." It was first used for the separation of people of different colors or races in the mid-1800s.