What is prejudice?

  • (noun): A partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation.
    Synonyms: bias, preconception
    See also — Additional definitions below


The word prejudice (or foredeeming) is most often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality or other personal characteristics. It can also refer to unfounded beliefs and may include "any unreasonable attitude that is unusually resistant to rational influence." Gordon Allport defined prejudice as a "feeling, favorable or unfavorable, toward a person or thing, prior to, or not based on, actual experience."

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Some articles on prejudice:

Symbolic Racism - Examples
... College students who had completed a modern-symbolic prejudice measure early in the semester evaluated the résumés of 10 job applicants and recommend two ... students rated high in modern-symbolic prejudice and once containing students rated low ... a Black candidate 61% of the time, regardless of high or low rated modern-symbolic prejudice ...
Symbolic Racism - Evidence
... (1998) found that prejudice can be rationalized as a concern for justice ... That is, regardless of prejudice level, individuals tend to oppose preferential treatment programs because they violate traditional norms of meritocracy ... the higher an individual’s level of prejudice, the more likely he was to construe an undefined Affirmative Action program (e ...
Reducing Prejudice
... of a million participants in 38 nations to examine how intergroup contact reduces prejudice ... importance Intergroup contact reduces prejudice by (1) enhancing knowledge about the outgroup, (2) reducing anxiety about intergroup contact, and (3) increasing empathy and perspective taking ...
Slaphappy: Pride, Prejudice, And Professional Wrestling - Observations - A Fan's Transformation
... His story was an example of the psychological difficulties experienced by many wrestling fans in their struggles and his pivotal experience gives proof to transformation. ...
Symbolic Racism - See Also
... Prejudice Ambivalent prejudice Benevolent prejudice Common ingroup identity Aversive racism In-group favoritism Out-group homogeneity Ultimate attribution error ...

More definitions of "prejudice":

  • (verb): Disadvantage by prejudice.
  • (verb): Influence (somebody's) opinion in advance.
    Synonyms: prepossess

Famous quotes containing the word prejudice:

    That which corrodes the souls of the persecuted is the monstrous inner agreement with the prevailing prejudice against them.
    Eric Hoffer (1902–1983)

    There is all the difference in the world between the criminal’s avoiding the public eye and the civil disobedient’s taking the law into his own hands in open defiance. This distinction between an open violation of the law, performed in public, and a clandestine one is so glaringly obvious that it can be neglected only by prejudice or ill will.
    Hannah Arendt (1906–1975)

    Yes, marriage is hateful, detestable. A kind of ineffable, sickening disgust seizes my mind when I think of this most despotic, most unrequited fetter which prejudice has forged to confine its energies.
    Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)