hate crime

(noun) A crime, often violent, motivated by prejudice.

Example: Physically attacking or threatening a person because of their ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual identity.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: hate crimes
  • In some jurisdictions, when a crime is considered a hate crime, the punishment is harsher.
  • Hate crimes are motivated by prejudice and stereotypes.
  • A type of crime.
  • Also called:
    • bias crime
    • bias-motivated crime

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