WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
rac•ism /ˈreɪsɪzəm/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Sociologya belief or doctrine that one's own race is superior.
  2. Sociologyhatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
rac•ist, n.[countable]adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
rac•ism  (rāsiz əm),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Sociologya belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
  2. Sociologya policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine;
    discrimination.
  3. Sociologyhatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
racist, n., adj. 
  • French racisme. See race2, -ism
  • 1865–70


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

racism /ˈreɪsɪzəm/, racialism /ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzəm/ n
  1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
  2. abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief

ˈracist, ˈracialist n , adj



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