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
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n a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation

Synonyms:
bias, preconception
Types:
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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
Type of:
partiality, partisanship
an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

v influence (somebody's) opinion in advance

Synonyms:
prepossess
Types:
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bias, predetermine
cause to be biased
bias
influence in an unfair way
angle, 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
Type of:
act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

v disadvantage by prejudice

Type of:
disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm

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