Work of the Day: Prejudice

/prejədəs/ noun: 1. a preconceived opinion; bias or particularity “The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” Clint Eastwood, 1930 – “He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favors of two.” Charles Dickens, 1812 -1870 2. an irrational attitude of hostility directed against an individual, a group, a race, or their supposed characteristics “Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.” Countess of Blessington, 1789 – 1849 verb: 3. give rise to a preconceived judgment or opinion; make biased “I never read a book before reviewing it; it prejudices a man so.” Sydney Smith, 1771 – 1845 4. cause harm to (a state of affairs) example: Both sides pledged not to do anything to prejudice the final outcome.