Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “discrimination”

See all translations

discrimination

noun [U]  /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/ us  

discrimination noun [U] (WORSE TREATMENT)

the treatment of a person or particular group of people differently, in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated: Some immigrants were victims of discrimination. The law made racial discrimination in employment a serious crime. She claims she is a victim of age discrimination. politics & government Discrimination is also prejudice against people and a refusal to give them their rights .

discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

the ability to judge the quality of something based on its difference from other, similar things: He showed discrimination in his reading habits.
Translations of “discrimination”
in Korean 차별…
in Arabic تَمييز…
in Portuguese discriminação…
in Catalan discriminació…
in Japanese 差別…
in Italian discriminazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不同的待遇, 歧視, 區別對待…
in Russian дискриминация…
in Turkish (cinsiyet, ırk, din vb.) ayrımı/ayrımcılığı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不同的待遇, 歧视, 区别对待…
in Polish dyskryminacja…
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of discrimination?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “discrimination”

Definitions of “discrimination” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More