Meaning of “racist” in the English Dictionary

"racist" in British English

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racistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈreɪ.sɪst/ us /ˈreɪ.sɪst/ UK old-fashioned racialist disapproving


uk /ˈreɪ.sɪst/ us /ˈreɪ.sɪst/ disapproving

C2 politics believing that other races are not as good as your own and therefore treating them unfairly:

He furiously denied being racist.
They were the victims of a vicious racist attack.
racist remarks

More examples

  • During the 1930s and 40s, the Nazis used racist propaganda in an attempt to demonize the Jews.
  • The police want to discuss these recent racist attacks with local people.
  • Several people were arrested for distributing racist pamphlets (to the spectators).
  • There has been an unwelcome recrudescence of racist attacks.
  • The newspaper published a toughly worded article about racist behaviour.

(Definition of “racist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"racist" in American English

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racistnoun [ C ]

us /ˈreɪ·sɪst/

social studies a person who believes that some races are better than others, or who acts unfairly to someone because of his or her race

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