Meaning of racism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈreɪsɪz(ə)m/

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mass noun
  • 1Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized.

    ‘a programme to combat racism’
    • ‘While not entirely eradicated, major strides have been made in tackling racism in our game.’
    • ‘Of course it is for everyone in the community to tackle racism and to ensure everyone is treated equally.’
    • ‘His case has been used in the media to whip up further racism against Roma.’
    • ‘Insecurity about the immigration system breeds racism towards those who come through it.’
    • ‘Britain is and always has been a multicultural society and there is no place for racism in the Britain of today.’
    • ‘We must acknowledge that there are people of colour in this city today who must deal with racism as a feature of their everyday lives.’
    • ‘There is no place for racism in the world, and there is no place for racism on social media.’
    • ‘He has spoken widely about racism in recent weeks.’
    • ‘We held forums that brought together citizens of all backgrounds to speak about combating bigotry and racism.’
    • ‘Our society is in the midst of a reckoning, an awakening about race and racism.’
    • ‘If we do not know how to meaningfully talk about racism, our actions will move in misleading directions.’
    • ‘ Racism is more prevalent than most people realize.’
    • ‘ Racism comes from fear and prejudice.’
    • ‘All the hidden racism appears to have risen to the surface.’
    • ‘She says the incident was sparked by racism.’
    • ‘I've lived in several places around the country, and I've seen racism everywhere I went.’
    • ‘There is racism out there, and they may come across it , but I always tell them to never let that break them down.’
    • ‘She spoke out against racism in the modelling industry earlier this year.’
    • ‘In his opening monologue for the ceremony the host hit out at racism in Hollywood.’
    • ‘She received an honorary doctorate praising her tireless campaign against racism and inequality.’
    racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia, intolerance, bigotry, chauvinism, fascism, Nazism
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    1. 1.1The belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.
      ‘theories of racism’
      • ‘The most inflexible form of racism holds that race is determined biologically.’
      • ‘Secondly, as has been stressed before, it is legally and morally wrong to promote racism.’
      • ‘It is clear that people have a variety of perspectives on issues of race and racism.’
      • ‘Is it possible to be a supporter without some form of nationalism, or even racism, coming into it?’
      • ‘Although much of his writing was an attack on racism, his politics had a much wider focus.’
      • ‘Those at the top of society fan ideas of nationalism, racism and sexism that divide people.’
      • ‘I would argue that racism is neither reducible to social class or gender nor wholly autonomous.’
      • ‘This group has a stake in the perpetuation of racism and will desire and work for it to continue.’
      • ‘You shouldn't be able to become a cop if your mind is poisoned with racism and ignorance.’
      • ‘He explores a number of issues, from the environment and friendship, to slavery and racism.’
      • ‘The Austrians have no monopoly on racism, but the success of Haider is not really about Austria.’
      • ‘This can't be just dismissed as a manifestation of latent racism in Australian society.’
      • ‘Nationalism is, in my view, an unpleasant manifestation of racism that I have no time for.’
      • ‘That is as true for contemporary racism as it is for its manifestations in history.’
      • ‘Perhaps the series writers are trying to highlight the inequities perpetuated by racism?’
      • ‘The whole sorry saga shows that the meaning of racism has become twisted beyond recognition.’
      • ‘It is a form of racism to suggest that one religion is right and all others are not.’
      • ‘Anyway, it turns out that the main party of racism and class bigotry appears to be in terminal decline.’
      • ‘Such people will inevitably bring their racism and sexism into the jury room.’


Early 20th century from race + -ism.