- Word History
|part of speech:
||discriminated, discriminates, discriminating
||treat someone worse than others because he or she belongs to a particular group of people.
It is illegal to discriminate against people based on their race or sex.
||to see a clear difference.
He could not discriminate between the two brands of soda.
||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.