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The word prejudice refers to prejudgment: i.e. making a decision before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case.

prejudice n : a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation [syn: {bias}, {preconception}] v 1: disadvantage by prejudice 2: influence (somebody's) opinion in advance [syn: {prepossess}]

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Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prejudiced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prejudicing}.] [Cf. F. pr['e]judicier. See {Prejudice}, n.] 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. [1913 Webster] Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning. --I. Watts [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Seek how may prejudice the foe. --Shak [1913 Webster]

Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium; prae before + judicium judgment. See {Prejudicate}, {Judicial}.] 1. Foresight. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment. [1913 Webster] 4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. --Locke. [1913 Webster] England and France might, through their amity, Breed him some prejudice. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage. [1913 Webster]

PREJUDICE, n. A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.


A stereotype is a thought that may be adopted about specific types of individuals or certain ways of doing things, but that belief may or may not accurately reflect reality.

stereotype n : a conventional or formulaic conception or image; "regional stereotypes have been part of America since its founding" v : treat or classify according to a mental stereotype; "I was stereotyped as a lazy Southern European" [syn: {pigeonhole}, {stamp}]

88 Moby Thesaurus words for "stereotype": assimilate to, automatism, autotype, bad habit, balance, bed, characteristic, confirm, creature of habit, custom, damp, deep-dye, define, duplicate plate, electrotype, embed, engraft, engrave, entrench, equalize, equilibrize, establish, etch, even, fix, flatten, force of habit, found, ground, habit, habit pattern, habitude, harmonize, homogenize, impact, implant, impress, imprint, infix, ingrain, inscribe, jam, keyboard, level, linotype, locked-up page, lodge, make uniform, monotype, normalize, pack, palaeotype, pattern, peculiarity, plant, plastic plate, plate, practice, praxis, print, printing plate, printing surface, regularize, regulate, root, rubber plate, seat, second nature, set, set in, settle, smooth, stabilize, stamp, standardize, stereotyped behavior, stone, symmetrize, trick, typeform, uniformize, usage, use, way, wedge, wont, zincograph, zincotype

Stereotype \Ste"re*o*type\, n. [Stereo- + -type: cf. F. st['e]r['e]otype.] 1. A plate forming an exact faximile of a page of type or of an engraving, used in printing books, etc.; specifically, a plate with type-metal face, used for printing. [1913 Webster] Note: A stereotype, or stereotypr plate, is made by setting movable type as for ordinary printing; from these a cast is taken in plaster of Paris, paper pulp, or the like, and upon this cast melted type metal is poured, which, when hardened, makes a solid page or column, from which the impression is taken as from type. [1913 Webster] 2. The art or process of making such plates, or of executing work by means of them. [1913 Webster] {Stereotype block}, a block, usually of wood, to which a stereotype plate is attached while being used in printing. [1913 Webster]

Stereotype \Ste"re*o*type\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stereotyped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stereotyping}.] [Cf. F. st['e]r['e]otyper.] 1. To prepare for printing in stereotype; to make the stereotype plates of; as, to stereotype the Bible. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To make firm or permanent; to fix. [1913 Webster] Powerful causes tending to stereotype and aggravate the poverty of old conditions. --Duke of Argyll (1887). [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • prejudice: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • prejudice: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • prejudice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • prejudice: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • prejudice: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • stereotype: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stereotype: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • stereotype: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stereotype: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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