prejudice

prej|u|dice1 [ˈpredʒudıs] n
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin praejudicium, from judicium 'judgment']
1.) [U and C]
an unreasonable dislike and distrust of people who are different from you in some way, especially because of their race, sex, religion etc - used to show disapproval
Women still face prejudice in the workplace.
It takes a long time to overcome these kinds of prejudices.
prejudice against
a cultural prejudice against fat people
racial/sexual prejudice
Asian pupils complained of racial prejudice at the school.
2.) without prejudice (to sth)
law without harming or affecting something
He was able to turn down the promotion without prejudice, and applied again several years later.
3.) to the prejudice of sth
formal in a way that has a harmful effect or influence on something
prejudice 2
prejudice2 v [T]
1.) to influence someone so that they have an unfair or unreasonable opinion about someone or something
There was concern that reports in the media would prejudice the jury.
prejudice sb against sth
My own schooldays prejudiced me against all formal education.
2.) to have a bad effect on the future success or situation of someone or something
A criminal record will prejudice your chances of getting a job.
He refused to comment, saying he did not wish to prejudice the outcome of the talks.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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