prejudice

If you have a negative attitude towards someone based on race or ethnicity rather than personal experience, you might be accused of prejudice.

Prejudice is remarkably similar to its Latin root in form and meaning; the Latin praejudicium means "judgment in advance." A racial prejudice is a negative attitude towards a group of people based on race — not on direct knowledge or experience. If you prejudice someone, you cause them to have a negative attitude towards someone else. Lawyers are not allowed to bring certain types of evidence such as rumors into a trial because it might prejudice the jury.

Definitions of prejudice
  1. noun
    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    synonyms: bias, preconception
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    taboo, tabu
    a prejudice (especially in Polynesia and other South Pacific islands) that prohibits the use or mention of something because of its sacred nature
    irrational hostility
    extreme prejudice
    experimenter bias
    (psychology) bias introduced by an experimenter whose expectations about the outcome of the experiment can be subtly communicated to the participants in the experiment
    homophobia
    prejudice against (fear or dislike of) homosexual people and homosexuality
    Islamophobia
    prejudice against Muslims
    racism
    the prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races
    tendentiousness
    an intentional and controversial bias
    anti-Semitism, antisemitism
    the intense dislike for and prejudice against Jewish people
    white supremacy
    the prejudice that members of the white race are superior to members of other races
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    partiality, partisanship
    an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
  2. verb
    influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    synonyms: prepossess
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    bias, predetermine
    cause to be biased
    bias
    influence in an unfair way
    angle, skew, slant, weight
    present with a bias
    handicap
    attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  3. verb
    disadvantage by prejudice
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    disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
    put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
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