racismnoun [ U ]uk /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ us /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ also 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:
- He fought against racism.
- The book documents the rise of the political right with its accompanying strands of nationalism and racism.
- I abhor all forms of racism.
- We are witnessing racism of a virulence that we haven't seen in Europe since the 1940s.
- This legislation simply caters to racism.