1. Discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race; SYN. racialism.
2. The prejudice that members of one race are intrinsically superior to members of other races.
Belief in, or set of implicit assumptions about, the superiority of one's own race or ethnic group, often accompanied by prejudice against members of an ethnic group different from one's own. Racism may be used to justify discrimination, verbal or physical abuse, or even genocide, as in Nazi Germany, or as practiced by European settlers against American Indians in both North and South America.
Many social scientists believe that even where there is no overt discrimination, racism exists as an unconscious attitude in many individuals and societies, based on a stereotype or preconceived idea about different ethnic groups, which is damaging to individuals (both perpetrators and victims) and to society as a whole. See also black, ethnicity.
Fear of foreigners.
A fear of foreigners or strangers.
hatred or dread of foreigners.
Fear (phobia) or strong dislike of strangers or anybody foreign or different.