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 for prejudice
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, n. [F. pr['e]judice, L. praejudicium;
     prae before + judicium judgment. See Prejudicate,
     1. Foresight. [Obs.]
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              Naught might hinder his quick prejudize. --Spenser.
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     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
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              Though often misled by prejudice and passion, he was
              emphatically an honest man.           --Macaulay.
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     3. (Law) A bias on the part of judge, juror, or witness which
        interferes with fairness of judgment.
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     4. Mischief; hurt; damage; injury; detriment. --Locke.
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              England and France might, through their amity,
              Breed him some prejudice.             --Shak.
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     Syn: Prejudgment; prepossession; bias; harm; hurt; damage;
          detriment; mischief; disadvantage.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prejudice \Prej"u*dice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prejudiced; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Prejudicing.] [Cf. F. pr['e]judicier. See
     Prejudice, n.]
     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.
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              Suffer not any beloved study to prejudice your mind
              so far as to despise all other learning. --I. Watts
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     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.
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              Seek how may prejudice the foe.       --Shak
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an
           issue or situation [syn: bias, prejudice,
      v 1: disadvantage by prejudice
      2: influence (somebody's) opinion in advance [syn: prejudice,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  169 Moby Thesaurus words for "prejudice":
     a thing for, abuse, affinity, afflict, aggrieve, angle, apartheid,
     aptitude, aptness, bag, befoul, bend, bent, bewitch, bias, bigotry,
     blemish, blight, cast, chosen kind, color, conatus, condemn,
     conduciveness, corrupt, cronyism, crucify, cup of tea, curse,
     damage, defile, delight, deprave, despoil, destroy, detriment,
     diathesis, disadvantage, discrimination, dispose, disposition,
     disserve, distort, distress, do a mischief, do evil, do ill,
     do wrong, do wrong by, doom, drawback, druthers, eagerness,
     envenom, fancy, favor, favoritism, feeling for, forejudgment,
     get into trouble, handicap, harass, harm, hex, hurt, impair,
     impairment, inclination, incline, inequality, infect, influence,
     injure, injury, intolerance, jaundice, jaundiced eye, jinx,
     leaning, liability, liking, loss, loss of ground, male chauvinism,
     maltreat, mar, menace, mischief, mistreat, molest, one-sidedness,
     outrage, parti pris, partialism, partiality, particular choice,
     partisanship, penchant, persecute, personal choice,
     play havoc with, play hob with, poison, pollute, preapprehension,
     preconception, preconclusion, preconsideration, predecision,
     predetermination, predilection, predispose, predisposition,
     preference, prejudge, prejudgment, prejudication,
     prejudice against, prejudice the issue, premature judgment,
     prenotion, prepossess, prepossession, presumption, presupposal,
     presupposition, presurmise, probability, proclivity, proneness,
     propensity, racialism, racism, readiness, savage, scathe,
     sensitivity to, sexism, skew, slant, soft spot, spoil,
     step backward, style, susceptibility, sway, taint, tarnish, taste,
     tendency, thing, threaten, torment, torture, tropism, turn, twist,
     type, undetachment, undispassionateness, unfairness, violate,
     vitiate, warp, weakness, willingness, wound, wreak havoc on,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PREJUDICE. To decide beforehand; to lean in favor of one side of a cause for 
  some reason or other than its justice. 
       2. A judge ought to be without prejudice, and he cannot therefore sit 
  in a case where he has any interest, or when a near relation is a part, or 
  where he has been of counsel for one of the parties. Vide Judge. 
       3. In the civil law prejudice signifies a tort or injury; as the act of 
  one man should never prejudice another. Dig. 60, 17, 74. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PREJUDICE, n.  A vagrant opinion without visible means of support.

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