Multiculturalism vs Race - What's the difference?

multiculturalism | race |

As a noun multiculturalism

is the characteristics of a society, city etc which has many different ethnic or national cultures mingling freely; political or social policies which support or encourage such coexistence.

As a verb race is


As an adjective race is

distinguished; classy.



  • The characteristics of a society, city etc. which has many different ethnic or national cultures mingling freely; political or social policies which support or encourage such coexistence.
  • * 1991 , Barbara Ehrenreich, Time , 8 Apr 1991:
  • Something had to replace the threat of communism, and at last a workable substitute is at hand. "Multiculturalism ," as the new menace is known, has been denounced in the media recently as the new McCarthyism, the new fundamentalism, even the new totalitarianism -- take your choice.
  • * 2005 , David Davis MP, Daily Telegraph , 3 Aug 2005:
  • Britain has pursued a policy of multiculturalism - allowing people of different cultures to settle without expecting them to integrate into society.
  • * 2011 , "On a mat and a prayer", The Economist , 7 Apr 2011:
  • Earlier this year he said multiculturalism had “failed”, that immigrants needed to “melt” into French society, and that “we do not want ostentatious prayers in the street in France.”

    See also

    * cosmopolitan



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) , (etyl) and (etyl) (m).


  • A contest between people, animals, vehicles, etc. where the goal is to be the first to reach some objective. Several horses run in a horse race , and the first one to reach the finishing post wins
  • The race around the park was won by Johnny, who ran faster than the others.
    We had a race to see who could finish the book the quickest.
  • * 2012 November 2, Ken Belson, "[]," New York Times (retrieved 2 November 2012):
  • After days of intensifying pressure from runners, politicians and the general public to call off the New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, city officials and the event’s organizers decided Friday afternoon to cancel the race .
  • A progressive movement toward a goal.
  • A fast-moving current of water, such as that which powers a mill wheel.
  • Swift progress; rapid course; a running.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The flight of many birds is swifter than the race of any beasts.
  • Competitive action of any kind, especially when prolonged; hence, career; course of life.
  • * Milton
  • My race' of glory run, and ' race of shame.
  • Travels, runs, or journeys. (rfex)
  • The bushings of a rolling element bearing which contacts the rolling elements.
  • Derived terms
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  • To take part in a race (in the sense of a contest).
  • To compete against in such a race.
  • To move or drive at high speed.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-21, author= Chico Harlan
  • , volume=189, issue=2, page=30, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Japan pockets the subsidy … , passage=Across Japan, technology companies and private investors are racing to install devices that until recently they had little interest in: solar panels. Massive solar parks are popping up as part of a rapid build-up that one developer likened to an "explosion."}}
  • Of a motor, to run rapidly when not engaged to a transmission.
  • * 1891 (December) (Arthur Conan Doyle), The Man with the Twisted Lip :
  • "My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built."

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), of uncertain origin. According to philologist Gianfranco Contini,Devoto, Giacomo, Avviamento all'etimologia italiana , Mondadori. the Italian word comes from (etyl) (m) . Some authorities suggest derivation from (etyl) (m), (m), from earlier (m), . This, however, is difficult to support, since Italian (m) predates the Spanish word.Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." Another possible source is (etyl) . A fourth possibility is that the Italian razza'' derives from (etyl) ratio through an unattested intermediate form *''razzo .


    (wikipedia race)
  • A group of sentient beings, particularly people, distinguished by common heritage or characteristics:
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage.
  • #* 1913', Martin Van Buren Knox, ''The religious life of the Anglo-Saxon '''race
  • # A large group of people distinguished from others on the basis of common physical characteristics, such as skin color or hair type.
  • Race was a significant issue during apartheid in South Africa.
  • # (controversial usage) One of the categories from the many subcategorizations of the human species. See Wikipedia's article on .
  • #* {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author=(Jan Sapp) , title=Race Finished , volume=100, issue=2, page=164 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=Few concepts are as emotionally charged as that of race'. The word conjures up a mixture of associations—culture, ethnicity, genetics, subjugation, exclusion and persecution. But is the tragic history of efforts to define groups of people by ' race really a matter of the misuse of science, the abuse of a valid biological concept?}}
  • The Native Americans colonized the New World in several waves from Asia, and thus they are considered part of the same Mongoloid race .
  • # A large group of sentient beings distinguished from others on the basis of a common heritage .
  • A treaty was concluded between the race''' of elves and the '''race of men.
  • #* 1898 , Herman Isidore Stern, The gods of our fathers: a study of Saxon mythology , page 15)
  • There are two distinct races of gods known to Norse mythology[.]
  • (biology) A population geographically separated from others of its species that develops significantly different characteristics; (an informal term for) a subspecies.
  • A breed or strain of domesticated animal.
  • * Shakespeare
  • For do but note a wild and wanton herd, / Or race of youthful and unhandled colts, / Fetching mad bounds.
  • (figuratively) A category or species of something that has emerged or evolved from an older one (with an implied parallel to animal breeding or evolutionary science).
  • The advent of the Internet has brought about a new race of entrepreneur.
    Recent developments in artificial intelligence has brought about a new race of robots that can perform household chores without supervision.
  • Peculiar flavour, taste, or strength, as of wine; that quality, or assemblage of qualities, which indicates origin or kind, as in wine; hence, characteristic flavour.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a race of heaven
  • * Massinger
  • Is it [the wine] of the right race ?
  • Characteristic quality or disposition.
  • * Shakespeare
  • And now I give my sensual race the rein.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Some great race of fancy or judgment.
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    Derived terms
    (Terms derived from the noun "race") * * * * * *

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl), from (etyl) (m).


    (en noun)
  • A rhizome or root, especially of ginger.
  • * 1842 , Gibbons Merle, The Domestic Dictionary and Housekeeper's Manual , page 433:
  • On the third day after this second boiling, pour all the syrup into a pan, put the races of ginger with it, and boil it up until the syrup adheres to the spoon.




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    * '' Diez, Etymologisches Wörterbuch der romanischen Sprachen, "Razza." * Notes: English terms with multiple etymologies ----