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1  —as in:
suffered discrimination
Definition 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.
discriminate = unfairly treat of different groups of people differently
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It wasn't long ago that our society accepted discrimination against gay people.
  • discrimination = unfair treatment
  • ...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
  • discrimination = unfair treatment of some groups of people
  • Not too long ago, racism and discrimination against women was accepted by a lot of people.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • discrimination = unfair treatment of a group of people
  • ...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
  • discrimination = unfair treatment
  • 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
  • discrimination = unfairly treat one group of people worse than another group
  • 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
  • discrimination = unfair treatment of different groups of people differently
  • to protect people from losing their health insurance or employment due to genetic discrimination.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • discrimination = treatment of different groups of people differently
  • There was also blatant discrimination against Hutus in all aspects of education,
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • discrimination = unfair treatment due to race
  • A lot of our community members felt harassed, discriminated against.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
discriminated = unfairly treated differently

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2  —as in:
discriminating taste
Definition to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
  • It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She is a discriminating interior designer.
  • discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
  • ...the difficulty seismologists had discriminating between random noise ... and genuinely unusual signals that foretell a seismic event.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • discriminating = to recognize differences
  • Data on 7420 subjects tested by H1H2 program for multifactorial analysis of variance; later test by ANOVAR program; final discrimination by CLASSIF program.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • discrimination = the process of recognizing differences — especially fine distinctions
  • he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity;
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • discrimination = recognition of differences — especially fine distinctions
  • His mouth had the discrimination of a garbage heap.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • discrimination = recognition of differences — especially fine distinctions
  • excavating and embanking in a methodical and discriminating manner.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • discriminating = careful about how and where the embanking is done (aware of differences)
  • Soon Charley moved downstream and found some discarded bags of garbage, which he went through with discrimination.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • discrimination = the process of recognizing differences
  • There were paintings, selected with judgment and discrimination, upon the walls.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • discrimination = good taste (by someone who appreciates fine distinctions)
  • He was vulnerable there, because to me they were all pretty much alike—Voltaire and Moliere and the laws of motion and the Magna Carta and the Pathetic Fallacy and Tess of the d'Urbervilles—and I worked indiscriminately on all of them.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
indiscriminately = without recognition of differences
(editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscriminately means not and reverses the meaning of discriminately. This is the same pattern you see in words like incomplete, independent, and inexpensive.)

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