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discrimination

dis·crim·i·na·tion

discrimination

 
pronunciation:
dih skrI mih neI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of discriminating, differentiating, or distinguishing.
synonyms:
differentiation, discernment
similar words:
distinction
definition 2: the act of making invalid, unfair, or hurtful differentiations, as in prejudice against people of minority groups.
 
synonyms:
prejudice
antonyms:
impartiality
similar words:
bias, chauvinism, favoritism, intolerance, race, racism, sexism
definition 3: the ability to make keen judgments or discernments.
synonyms:
acumen, astuteness, discernment, keenness, sagacity, shrewdness
similar words:
discretion, insight, penetration, perspicacity, taste, wisdom
derivation: discriminational (adj.)
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The word discrimination contains the following part:
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration ).