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discriminate -- as in: suffered discrimination
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as in: suffered discrimination Define
to treat people of different groups differently -- especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
  • We do not discriminate based on race, nationality, social status, age, gender, religion, or sexual preference.
  • It wasn’t long ago that our society accepted discrimination against gay people.
  • ...when we talk about racism or the fight for civil rights, this is the kind of discrimination that we usually refer to.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • A lot of our community members felt harassed, discriminated against.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United

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  • to protect people from losing their health insurance or employment due to genetic discrimination.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It was agreed that all the men were to be re-employed within forty-five days, and that there was to be "no discrimination against union men."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Not too long ago, racism and discrimination against women was accepted by a lot of people.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • I have learned that men in uniform, particularly officers, rarely descend to show discrimination, perhaps because of the integration of the armed forces.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • There was also blatant discrimination against Hutus in all aspects of education,
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • We shouldn’t discriminate.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed

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  • And while job discrimination against women is real, it has less to do with sexism than with employers being wary of China’s generous maternity benefits.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Lady Artemis does not discriminate by birth.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan’s Curse
  • ...forgetting, for the time being, the unjust discrimination that law and custom make against them in their own country.
    Booker T. Washington  --  Up From Slavery: An Autobiography
  • The Orders-in-Council are based upon racial discrimination.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • We can’t be the Buccaneers because pirates supported violence and discrimination against women.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • She’s never voted for a law that discriminates against gay people,
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • ...sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  I Have a Dream
  • Nourished by the Negro’s frustration over the continued existence of racial discrimination, ...
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • One of the community leaders introduced me, and I went to the front of the church and began my talk about the death penalty, increasing incarceration rates, abuse of power within prisons, discriminatory law enforcement, and the need for reform.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Federal investigators determined that Arpaio’s organization had "a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos" that "reaches the highest levels of the agency."
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • At the instigation of the Communist Party and the Indian Congress, the convention passed a resolution for a one-day general strike, known as Freedom Day, on May 1, calling for the abolition of the pass laws and all discriminatory legislation.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • In the revised opening I tried to represent discriminatory, prosecutorial racial oppression as well as the community’s efforts to remain stable and healthy: the neighborhood has been almost completely swept away by commercial interests (a golf course), but the remains of what sustained it (music, dancing, craft, religion, irony, wit) are what the "valley man," the stranger, sees—or could have seen.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Meanwhile, if an elderly white woman doesn’t answer a single question correctly and is still not voted off, some sort of discriminatory favoritism would seem to be at play.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The S.U.P. is aware that the existing discriminatory measures by the British Home Office make it unlikely that their own delegates will be able to come to the United Kingdom in the immediate future, but they feel that an exchange of experiences is all the more important for this reason.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Like everything else in prison, diet is discriminatory.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I argued that there was prosecutorial misconduct, racially discriminatory jury selection, and an improper change of venue.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In the mid-1960s, the Court held that using peremptory strikes in a racially discriminatory manner was unconstitutional, but the justices created an evidentiary standard for proving racial bias that was so high that no one had successfully challenged peremptory strikes in twenty years.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Then, in 1986, the Supreme Court ruled in Batson v. Kentucky that prosecutors could be challenged more directly about using peremptory strikes in a racially discriminatory manner, giving hope to black defendants—and forcing prosecutors to find more creative ways to exclude black jurors.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • District attorney Ted Pearson had to be concerned about the new Batson decision; he knew veteran civil rights lawyers like Chestnut and Boynton would not hesitate to object to racially discriminatory jury selection, even though he wasn’t too worried about Judge Robert E. Lee Key taking those objections seriously.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • A major civil rights bill was passed in 1964, and if it was controversial, it at least nullified a lot of local discriminatory ordinances.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The prosecutor later admitted that his jury had been illegally selected in a racially discriminatory manner, but courts refused to review the claim because the defense lawyer failed to make an adequate objection, so Tarver was executed.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Even Jose Arcadio Segundo, her brother-in-law, was the victim of her discriminatory jealousy because during the excitement of the first days he gave up his stupendous fighting cocks again and took a job as foreman with the banana company.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
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as in: suffered discrimination Define
to treat people of different groups differently -- especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
as in: discriminating taste Define
to recognize or perceive differences -- especially fine distinctions
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