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Meaning of “racism” in the English Dictionary

"racism" in British English

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racismnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈreɪ.sɪ.zəm/ (also UK old-fashioned racialism) disapproving
B2 the ​belief that people's ​qualities are ​influenced by ​theirrace and that the ​members of other ​races are not as good as the ​members of ​your own, or the ​resultingunfairtreatment 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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(Definition of racism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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racismnoun [U]

 us   /ˈreɪ·sɪz·əm/
social studies the ​belief that some ​races are ​better than ​others, or the ​unfairtreatment of someone because of his or her ​race
(Definition of racism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “racism”
in Arabic عُنْصُرِيّة…
in Korean 인종차별주의…
in Portuguese racismo…
in Catalan racisme…
in Japanese 人種差別(主義), 人種差別主義…
in Chinese (Simplified) 种族主义, 种族歧视,种族迫害…
in Turkish ırkçılık…
in Russian расизм…
in Chinese (Traditional) 種族主義, 種族歧視,種族迫害…
in Italian razzismo…
in Polish rasizm…
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