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prejudice
WordNet 2.0
  • a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  • influence (somebody''s) opinion in advance
  • disadvantage by prejudice
prejudice
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Foresight. [Obs.]

    "Naught might hinder his quick prejudize." -- Spenser.

    2. 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." -- Macaulay.

    3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.

    4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. Locke.

    "England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice." -- Shak.

    Syn. -- Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage.

  • 1. 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." -- I. Watts

    2. 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." -- Shak

 

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