The noun prejudice is having a dislike for a group or things for no reason and having a preconceived judgment or opinion.

Synonyms are bias, favor, nonobjectivity or injustice.

The word origins from Old French (1300) prejudice meaning “despite, contempt, damage” and from Latin prejudicium “injustice” or praeiudicium “prior judgment” (praebefore and iudicium = judgment). From 1600 onwards, prejudice was also used as a verb meaning “to affect or fill with prejudice”.

Tom unreasonably felt prejudiced towards a group of people because of their personal beliefs.

Distinction between colour, age and nationality could cultivate prejudice in the workplace.

Besides strong prejudice, she showed remarkable appreciation and dignity towards the women workforce.