discrimination Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “discrimination” in the English Dictionary

"discrimination" in British English

See all translations

discriminationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˌskrɪm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/

discrimination noun [U] (DIFFERENT TREATMENT)

C1 treating a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently, ​especially in a ​worse way from the way in which you ​treat other ​people, because of ​theirskincolour, ​sex, sexuality, etc.: racial/​sex/​age discrimination Until 1986 most ​companies would not ​evenallow women to take the ​exams, but such ​blatant discrimination is now ​disappearing.
More examples

discrimination noun [U] (SEEING A DIFFERENCE)

formal the ​ability to ​see the ​difference between two things or ​people
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"discrimination" in American English

See all translations

discriminationnoun [U]

 us   /dɪˌskrɪm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/

discrimination noun [U] (WORSE TREATMENT)

the ​treatment of a ​person or ​particulargroup of ​peopledifferently, 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 ​seriouscrime. 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 ​itsdifference from other, ​similar things: He ​showed discrimination in his ​readinghabits.
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"discrimination" in Business English

See all translations

discriminationnoun [U]

uk   us   /dɪˌskrɪmɪˈneɪʃən/
the ​practice of ​treating particular ​people, ​companies, or ​products differently from others, especially in an ​unfair way: He will ​work in ​partnership with a ​range of ​organizations to ​helpeliminate discrimination against disabledpeople.victims/targets of discrimination People sometimes have difficulty perceiving themselves as victims of discrimination.discrimination on the basis of/grounds of sth Federal ​lawbans discrimination on the ​basis of ​gender.discrimination between sth (and sth) The new ​lawsreduce the possibility of ​unfair discrimination between ​companiesseeking to ​list on the Exchange. racial/sex/age discrimination fight/​prohibit/​tackle discrimination The ​commission was ​created to ​addressissues of discrimination in the ​workplace. allegations/​claims/​complaints of discrimination a discrimination ​case/​lawsuit
(Definition of discrimination from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “discrimination”
in Arabic تَمييز…
in Korean 차별…
in Portuguese discriminação…
in Catalan discriminació…
in Japanese 差別…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不同的待遇, 歧视, 区别对待…
in Turkish (cinsiyet, ırk, din vb.) ayrımı/ayrımcılığı…
in Russian дискриминация…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不同的待遇, 歧視, 區別對待…
in Italian discriminazione…
in Polish dyskryminacja…
What is the pronunciation of discrimination?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

golden

made of gold

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More