Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
  • n. A preconceived preference or idea.
  • n. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection.
  • n. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
  • n. Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others.
  • transitive v. To cause (someone) to judge prematurely and irrationally. See Synonyms at bias.
  • transitive v. To affect injuriously or detrimentally by a judgment or an act.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
  • n. Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
  • n. An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
  • n. The damage caused by such fear or hatred.
  • n. Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.
  • v. To have a negative impact on someone's position, chances etc.
  • v. To cause prejudice.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Foresight.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.
  • n. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To implant a prejudice in the mind of; bias; give an unfair bent to.
  • To create a prejudice against; injure by prejudice; hurt, impair, or damage in any way.
  • Synonyms To prepossess, warp.
  • n. 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. Injury, as resulting from unfavorable prejudgment; detriment; hurt; damage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. influence (somebody's) opinion in advance
  • n. a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
  • v. disadvantage by prejudice

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praeiūdicium : prae-, pre- + iūdicium, judgment (from iūdex, iūdic-, judge; see deik- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French préjudice, from Latin praeiūdicium ("previous judgment or damage"), from prae- ("before") + iūdicium ("judgment"). (Wiktionary)

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