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racismnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ (UK old-fashioned racialism) disapproving
B2 the belief that people's qualities are influenced by their race and that the members of other races are not as good as the members of your own, or the resulting unfair treatment of members of other races: The authorities are taking steps to combat/fight/tackle racism in schools. The report made it plain that institutional racism (= racism in all parts of an organization) is deep-rooted in this country.
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in Korean 인종차별주의…
in Arabic عُنْصُرِيّة…
in Portuguese racismo…
in Catalan racisme…
in Japanese 人種差別(主義), 人種差別主義…
in Italian razzismo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 種族主義, 種族歧視,種族迫害…
in Russian расизм…
in Turkish ırkçılık…
in Chinese (Simplified) 种族主义, 种族歧视,种族迫害…
in Polish rasizm…
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