Bias vs Racism - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between bias and racism

is that bias is inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection while racism is the belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.

As a verb bias

is to place bias upon; to influence.

As an adjective bias

is inclined to one side; swelled on one side.

As an adverb bias

is in a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • (countable, uncountable) inclination towards something; predisposition, partiality, prejudice, preference, predilection
  • * 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
  • nature has pointed out a mixed kind of life as most suitable to the human race, and secretly admonished them to allow none of these biasses to draw too much
  • * John Locke
  • Morality influences men's lives, and gives a bias to all their actions.
  • (countable, textiles) the diagonal line between warp and weft in a woven fabric
  • (countable, textiles) A wedge-shaped piece of cloth taken out of a garment (such as the waist of a dress) to diminish its circumference.
  • (electronics) a voltage or current applied for example to a transistor electrode
  • (statistics) the difference between the expectation of the sample estimator and the true population value, which reduces the representativeness of the estimator by systematically distorting it
  • (sports) In the game of crown green bowls: a weight added to one side of a bowl so that as it rolls, it will follow a curved rather than a straight path; the oblique line followed by such a bowl; the lopsided shape or structure of such a bowl.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • there is a concealed bias within the spheroid

    Derived terms

    * bias tape


  • To place bias upon; to influence.
  • Our prejudices bias our views.


    (en adjective)
  • Inclined to one side; swelled on one side.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • Cut slanting or diagonally, as cloth.
  • Adverb

  • In a slanting manner; crosswise; obliquely; diagonally.
  • to cut cloth bias


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    (wikipedia racism)


  • The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.
  • The belief that one race is superior to all others.
  • Prejudice or discrimination based upon race.
  • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King both spoke out against racism .
  • * 2007 , Joseph Godson Amamoo, Ghana: 50 years of independence
  • For, if racism against non-whites is morally wrong and unjustifiable, then how can racism against whites be morally right and justifiable?

    Usage notes

    * Different people define race'' differently, so, naturally, different people define ''racism differently. * Racism is generally accepted as wrong in English-speaking societies, and the word racism carries strong negative connotations. Therefore, those opposing a certain practice might characterize it as "racist" in order to try to take advantage of those connotations, and conversely, those defending a certain practice might try to mitigate it by claiming that it is not racist. * While racism'' is, per se, usually tied to ''race , some speakers will (controversially) use the term in other cases as well: ** 2002, Tom Carter-Smith, Sex – an Apology for Love , NORDISC Music & Text, ISBN 87-88619-09-5, page 99, **: The reason for this was the general prejudice (read: racism ) against gays among “straight” people; the government simply didn't want the public to be appalled by posters and TV adds with “queers”. * The term reverse racism'' has been used to describe racism (in one sense or another) by a group that has traditionally been oppressed, against a traditionally more-empowered group. However, some argue that this distinction does not need to be made, and advocate using simply the term ''racism''; others have argued conversely that the term ''racism should not be used at all in such cases. * For many speakers, the term racism implies conscious belief or behavior, but this distinction is not universally held.

    Derived terms

    * antiracism, anti-racism * institutional racism * nonracism, non-racism * reverse racism * scientific racism


    * bigotry

    Coordinate terms

    * ableism * ageism * apartheid * heterosexism * policism * sexism * xenophobia

    See also

    * Afrocentrism * affirmative action * Anti-Defamation League (ADL) * antisemitism, anti-semitism * black is beautiful * black supremacy, Black supremacy * Civil Rights Movement * cultural anthropology * cultural relativism * ethnic majority * ethnic minority * ethnocentrism * eugenics * Eurocentrism * hate crime * historical particularism * intolerance * Ku Klux Klan (KKK) * monogenism * multiculturalism * nationalism * political correctness * political minority * polygenism * racial discrimination * racialism * racial profiling * Rainbow Coalition * unilineal evolution * social Darwinism * supremacist * tolerance * white supremacy, White supremacy * xenophobia English disputed terms English words suffixed with -ism