(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. partiality, bias, opinion; predilection, prepossession; detriment, injury; intolerance. —v. t. bias, influence, color, jaundice. See misjudgment, injustice.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. bias, partiality, unfairness, preconception, predilection, leaning, bent, bigotry, intolerance, prejudgment, prepossession, presupposition, discrimination, racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, chauvinism, male chauvinism, misogyny, misandry, Xenophobia, one-sidedness, favoritism, partisanship, narrow-mindedness, narrowness, parochialism, small-mindedness, illiberality, littleness, enmity, dislike, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, resentment, coolness, contempt, bad opinion, misjudgment, blinders, jaundice, jaundiced eye, tunnel vision, segregation, apartheid, detriment, disadvantage, slant, warp, twist; see also hatred 1 , 2 , inclination 1 , objection 2 , spite .
Ant. impartiality, tolerance, admiration.
without prejudice,
1. unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, disinterested; see fair 1 .
2. not damaged, not discredited, unaltered, without implied comment; see unchanged .
Syn.- prejudice implies a preconceived and unreasonable judgment or opinion, usually an unfavorable one marked by suspicion, fear, or hatred [ a crime motivated by racial prejudice] ; bias implies a mental leaning in favor of or against someone or something that interferes with impartial judgment [ few of us are without bias of any kind ] ; partiality implies an inclination to favor a person or thing because of strong fondness or attachment [ the conductor's partiality for the works of Brahms ] ; predilection implies a preconceived liking, formed as a result of one's background, temperament, etc., that inclines one to a particular preference [ a predilection for murder mysteries ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
bias, preconceived idea, preconception, predisposition, jaundiced eye, foregone conclusion, bigotry, racism, sexism, chauvinism, homophobia, intolerance, partiality, discrimination, narrow-mindedness. ''An opinion without judgment.''—Voltaire. ''Weighing the facts with your thumb on the scales.''—Leon Aikman. ''The child of ignorance.''—William Hazlitt.
ANT.: open-mindedness, objectivity, fairness, tolerance
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. An inclination for or against that inhibits impartial judgment: bias, one-sidedness, partiality, partisanship, prepossession, tendentiousness. See AFFECT, LIKE, STRAIGHT. 2. Irrational suspicion or hatred of a particular group, race, or religion: bigotry, intolerance. See LIKE. II verb 1. To cause to have a prejudiced view: bias, jaundice, prepossess, warp. See AFFECT, STRAIGHT. 2. To spoil the soundness or perfection of: blemish, damage, detract from, disserve, flaw, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, tarnish, vitiate. See BETTER, HELP.

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