Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
prejudice

prej·u·dice

prejudice

 
pronunciation:
pre j dihs
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
without prejudice
features:
Word Explorer, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an opinion, judgment, preference, or conception formed without knowing or examining the facts.
He was surprised to see the high level of technology being used and produced in these countries as his prejudice had been that these were backward nations.
synonyms:
prejudgment
similar words:
bias, opinion, preconception
definition 2: the act or state of holding or being influenced by preconceived opinions, as opposed to opinions based on an objective examination of the facts.
The court considered the facts and made its decision without prejudice.Prejudice and hatred have kept the two groups apart for centuries.
synonyms:
bias, narrow-mindedness
antonyms:
objectivity
similar words:
discrimination, jaundice, partiality
definition 3: irrational hostility or negativity toward a person or group, esp. on the basis of race, religion, or ethnicity.
Prejudice against American citizens of Japanese descent was strong in the U.S. during World War II.
synonyms:
intolerance
similar words:
bias, chauvinism, discrimination, ethnocentrism, homophobia, hostility, intolerance, jingoism, misogyny, race, racism, sexism, xenophobia
definition 4: disadvantage or harm caused by the adverse preconceptions of others.
The court's decision operated to the prejudice of the defendant.
synonyms:
detriment
similar words:
damage, disadvantage, harm
phrase: without prejudice
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prejudiced, prejudices, prejudicing
definition 1: to bias or cause prejudice in.
Wearing a highly provocative dress may have prejudiced the jury against her.
synonyms:
bias
similar words:
influence, jaundice, predispose, sway
definition 2: to cause damage or detriment to.
synonyms:
damage, harm, hurt
similar words:
disadvantage, impair, mar
derivation: prejudiced (adj.)
Word Explorer
See
  belief, hate, tradition
Word Parts
The word prejudice contains the following part:
pre- Latin prefix that means before
synonyms:
pro-2, ante-
antonyms:
post-