prejudice

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prejudice influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
    • v prejudice disadvantage by prejudice
    • n prejudice a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The original title of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice was First Impression
    • Prejudice (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.
    • Prejudice An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge. "Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man."
    • Prejudice Foresight. "Naught might hinder his quick prejudize ."
    • Prejudice Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. "England and France might, through their amity,
      Breed him some prejudice ."
    • Prejudice To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman. "Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning."
    • Prejudice To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause. "Seek how may prejudice the foe."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prejudice An opinion or decision formed without due examination of the facts or arguments which are necessary to a just and impartial determination; a prejudgment; also, a state of mind which forms or induces prejudgment; bias or leaning, favorable or unfavorable; prepossession: when used absolutely, generally with an unfavorable meaning: as, a man of many prejudices; we should clear our minds of prejudice.
    • n prejudice Injury, as resulting from unfavorable prejudgment; detriment; hurt; damage.
    • prejudice To implant a prejudice in the mind of; bias; give an unfair bent to.
    • prejudice To create a prejudice against; injure by prejudice; hurt, impair, or damage in any way.
    • prejudice Synonyms To prepossess, warp.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prejudice prej′ū-dis a judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without due examination: a prejudgment: unreasonable prepossession for or against anything: bias: injury or wrong of any kind: disadvantage: mischief
    • v.t Prejudice to fill with prejudice: to cause a prejudice against: to prepossess: to bias the mind of: to injure or hurt
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Quotations

  • Sydney Smith
    Sydney%20Smith
    “I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.”
  • Martin H. Fischer
    Martin H. Fischer
    “Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.”
  • Charles Bukowski
    Charles Bukowski
    “That is what friendship means. Sharing the prejudice of experience.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It isn't easy for an idea to squeeze itself into a head filled with prejudice.”
  • K. O'Hara
    K. O'Hara
    “Remember, when the judgment's weak, the prejudice is strong.”
  • Bavee
    Bavee
    “The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. préjudice, L. praejudicium,; prae, before + judicium, judgment. See Prejudicate Judicial

Usage

In literature:

But this was not the only mischief brought about by courtly deference to the prejudices of King James.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
He wanted of the republic no more than was sufficient to overturn its prejudices.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
The perpendicular, to be upright and subdue the veil of prejudice.
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
May not conscience be a prejudice, the result of education and of habit?
"The Heavenly Father" by Ernest Naville
Calculations of the different prejudices in its favour.
"We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Of all such prejudices and peculiarities, no less than of his gifts, Borrow was ridiculously proud.
"Isopel Berners The History of certain doings in a Staffordshire Dingle, July, 1825" by George Borrow
Should he now accuse Soriki of prejudice?
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
Ideals, beliefs, prejudices, attitudes, we take on through imitation.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
He possessed great knowledge: a prejudice sufficed to spoil all this merit.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
Jealousy and prejudice against all such interferences are high political virtues in a free man.
"What Social Classes Owe to Each Other" by William Graham Sumner
For such the common pulpit jargon is the convenient refuge of ignorance, idleness and prejudice.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
It is a world where you could begin again, with no prejudices against you, with a clean record!
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
I did fear you might have some prejudices.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
I pass over another most excellent and evidential incident as a concession to family prejudice.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
What chance had they against the prejudices and sentiment of a nation?
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Persons who are suffering have often very strong prejudices.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
It is only by travelling that one can rub off prejudices; I think you will agree with me there.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
The softening of religious prejudices was softening character as well.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
There is an unfounded prejudice against poetry in many men because of the fancied puerility of it and its silly sentiment.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Her prejudices were swept away, and she treated her young guest as one well-born and well-educated woman treats another.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
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In poetry:

But those who dwelt upon the plain,
Or sported on the mountain high,
When prejudice had left his stain,
Saw no bright bow of promise nigh.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
But prejudice and foul disdain
Rebuked and scorned their proffered aid,
And taunting, urged that slavery's chain
Bore no relation to the raid.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
How long shall Slavery's iron grip,
And Prejudice's guilty hand,
Send forth, like blood-hounds from the slip,
Foul persecutions o'er the land?
"Prayer Of The Oppressed" by James Monroe Whitfield
His words her prejudice removed,
Her sin she felt, relief she found;
She saw and heard, believed and loved,
And ran to tell her neighbors round.
"The Woman Of Samaria" by John Newton
I put my hand into my side,
To see what was the cause of this
unwonted vaine:
Where I did finde, that torments hied
By endlesse death to prejudice my life with paine.
"The Sheepheard Firmius His Song" by Bartholomew Young
When by prejudice untrammeled,
Rich in manly liberty,
We receive that recognition
Rightly given to the free,
Then the whole world shall proclaim it,
"Free indeed! Yes! Ye are free!"
"Unchained" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks

In news:

Majority express prejudice toward blacks.
Ever try getting into Jane Austen 's "Pride and Prejudice", but have a hard time just keeping to the pages.
Has hating baby boom ers become our last acceptable prejudice.
Maybe it was because I was exposed to prejudice in such great quantities as a kid.
The district claims his sermons could promote prejudice.
In order to protect vital liberties, the higher, more intellectual courts often stand out against the police, the postmasters, and popular prejudice.
'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' movie in danger of heading to the grave.
But it is not just Africans and those of African descent who report prejudices in China.
A recent Associated Press poll suggests that racial prejudice against African-Americans and Hispanics has increased since 2008.
Mid-Day Cafe: Pride and Prejudice .
Prejudice , and Terrorism.
Personal prejudices have no place in court.
Items tagged with Pride and Prejudice .
Pride and Prejudice ' at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center – Director Joins Pete and Neal To Talk About The Show.
Pride and Prejudice ' becomes a comic book.
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In science:

To check if the above prejudices are correct or not we consider an analytically solvable model: the Gross-Neveu model (i.e. the four-Fermi model in 2 + 1 dimensions) at finite T and µ.
Testing new strategies in finite density
While many of these ideas face increasingly difficult challenges to match observations, it is important to allow them to be judged by observations, and not theoretical prejudices.
Summary of ICGC04 Cosmology Workshop
None of this means that wormholes make sense. I share the prejudice of the author of that they do not, and I hope to return to the problem.
Rebuttal to a Paper on Wormholes
Conference and on some of my own prejudices.
Theoretical summary: The First International Conference on Hard and Electromagnetic Probes in Relativistic Nuclear Collisions
This explains the enhanced DMA in the disk, which is orthogonal to the prejudice that DM should be distributed more or less spherically.
EGRET Excess of Diffuse Galactic Gamma Rays as Tracer of Dark Matter
As a matter of fact, as described later, I believe that the systematics of 3PJ states argues against this prejudice.
Summary of Experimental Meson Physics
Our main conclusion is that if one drops theoretical prejudices on the spectral shape, the Kam-II and IMB detections can be reconciled.
Neutrino Spectrum from SN 1987A and from Cosmic Supernovae
Thus, the prejudice of assuming the observations are initially in the in-control state or the out-of-control state is removed.
Optimality of Non-Restarting CUSUM charts
This means that the various Higgs decay modes can all be studied with minimum prejudice.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for Higgs Hunting 2012
For millennia, until Kepler and Newton, astronomical prejudice favored circles; now we know that only an unusual accident of planetary formation would give truly circular orbits (i.e., very small ellipticity).
Particle Astrophysics after COBE: Blois92 Summary Talk
Those tests make no use of any prejudice about parton correlations in the proton which are basically unknown ob jects and beyond the scope of perturbative QCD.
Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering: How to Test Handbag Dominance?
We have in mind tests which rely on general principles and avoid theoretical prejudices or model assumptions about the unknown off-diagonal matrix elements.
Deeply Virtual Compton Scattering: How to Test Handbag Dominance?
In the Standard Model of Particle Physics neutrinos are strictly massless, although there is no theoretical reason for such prejudice.
Review on Double Beta Decay Experiments and Comparison with Theory
Because of theoretical prejudice that Bs − ¯Bs mixing might be large, and because of published upper bounds on the rate of Bd − ¯Bd mixing, this result was taken as the scent of Bs − ¯Bs mixing.
Perspectives on Heavy Quark 98
We then study experimental constraints on δ ignoring all theoretical prejudice.
Summary of Weak Decays, CKM and CP Violation Session Penguins
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