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discrimination

noun [U] uk   us   /dɪˌskrɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/

discrimination noun [U] (DIFFERENT TREATMENT)

C1 treating a person or particular group of people differently, especially in a worse way from the way in which you treat other people, because of their skin colour, sex, sexuality, etc.: racial/sex/age discrimination Until 1986 most companies would not even allow women to take the exams, but such blatant discrimination is now disappearing.
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discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

formal the ability to see the difference between two things or people
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…
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