Definition of colorism in English:



(British colourism)
mainly US
  • Prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.

    ‘colorism within the black community has been a serious emotional and psychological battle’
    • ‘Thus whiteness distances Lynda from colorism and racism but also from her family and culture.’
    • ‘Personal relationships fractured by colorism are emblematic of the distorted relations that prevail in societies governed by racialized ideologies.’
    • ‘Colorism is a significant arbiter of intraracial class division.’
    • ‘Cole was asked about colorism and how it affects rap.’
    • ‘This article looks at the roots of colourism and how it has impacted the interaction of dark-skinned women with light-skinned women.’
    • ‘Colorism as distinct from racism has been the hallmark of the film medium at least since the early 1900s.’
    • ‘Intracommunity differences, such as colorism and class elitism, can be overcome.’
    • ‘Colorism is a component of racism.’
    • ‘This colorism is prevalent within the Creole community.’



/ˈkələrˌizəm/ /ˈkələrˌɪzəm/