Prej·u·dice, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudiced p. pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing ]
1. To cause to have prejudice; to prepossess with opinions formed without due knowledge or examination; to bias the mind of, by hasty and incorrect notions; to give an unreasonable bent to, as to one side or the other of a cause; as, to prejudice a critic or a juryman.
Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind so far as to despise all other learning. --I. Watts
2. To obstruct or injure by prejudices, or by previous bias of the mind; hence, generally, to hurt; to damage; to injure; to impair; as, to prejudice a good cause.
Seek how may prejudice the foe. --Shak
1. Foresight. [Obs.]
Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser.
2. An opinion or judgment formed without due examination; prejudgment; a leaning toward one side of a question from other considerations than those belonging to it; an unreasonable predilection for, or objection against, anything; especially, an opinion or leaning adverse to anything, without just grounds, or before sufficient knowledge.
Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was emphatically an honest man. --Macaulay.
3. Law A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which interferes with fairness of judgment.
4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment.
England and France might, through their amity,
Breed him some prejudice. --Shak.
Syn: -- Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage; detriment; mischief; disadvantage.
n : a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an
issue or situation [syn: bias, preconception]
v 1: disadvantage by prejudice
2: influence (somebody's) opinion in advance [syn: prepossess]