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prej·u·dice  audio  (prj-ds) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. An adverse judgment or opinion formed beforehand or without knowledge or examination of the facts.
    2. A preconceived preference or idea.
  1. The act or state of holding unreasonable preconceived judgments or convictions. See Synonyms at predilection.
  2. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion.
  3. Detriment or injury caused to a person by the preconceived, unfavorable conviction of another or others.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
prej·u·diced, prej·u·dic·ing, prej·u·dic·es
  1. To cause (someone) to judge prematurely and irrationally. See Synonyms at bias.
  2. To affect injuriously or detrimentally by a judgment or an act.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praeidicium : prae-, pre- + idicium, judgment (from idex, idic-, judge; see deik- in Indo-European roots)


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