• IPA: /ˈpɹɛd͡ʒədɪs/


  1. (countable) An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge of the facts.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 7, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  2. (countable) Any preconceived opinion or feeling, whether positive or negative.
  3. (countable) An irrational hostile attitude, fear or hatred towards a particular group, race or religion.
    I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.
  4. (obsolete) Knowledge formed in advance; foresight, presaging.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. […], London: Printed [by John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938 ↗, book II, canto IX:
      {...}} the first did in the forepart sit, / That nought mote hinder his quicke preiudize: / He had a sharpe foresight, and working wit {{...}
  5. (obsolete) Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      England and France might, through their amity, / Breed him some prejudice.
    • For Pens, so usefull for Scholars to note the remarkables they read, with an impression easily deleble without prejudice to the Book.
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prejudice (prejudices, present participle prejudicing; past and past participle prejudiced)

  1. (transitive) To have a negative impact on (someone's position, chances etc.).
  2. (transitive) To cause prejudice in; to bias the mind of.
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