Meaning of “racism” in the English Dictionary


"racism" in English

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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:

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)

"racism" in American English

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racismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈreɪ·sɪz·əm/

social studies the belief that some races are better than others, or the unfair treatment of someone because of his or her race

(Definition of “racism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)