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 (mĭ-sĕj′ə-nā′shən, mĭs′ĭ-jə-)
Cohabitation, sexual relations, marriage, or interbreeding involving persons of different races, especially in historical contexts as a transgression of the law.

[Latin miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots + genus, race; see genə- in Indo-European roots + -ation.]

mis·ceg′e·na′tion·al adj.


(Genetics) interbreeding of races, esp where differences of pigmentation are involved
[C19: from Latin miscēre to mingle + genus race]
miscegenetic adj


(mɪˌsɛdʒ əˈneɪ ʃən, ˌmɪs ɪ dʒə-)

1. marriage or cohabitation between a man and woman of different races, esp. between a black and a white person.
2. interbreeding between members of different races.
[1864, Amer.; < Latin miscē(re) to mix + gen(us) race, stock, species + -ation]
mis`ce•ge•net′ic (-ˈnɛt ɪk) adj.


1. the interbreeding of members of different races.
2. cohabitation or marriage between a man and woman of different races, especially, in the U.S., between a Negro and a white person.
3. the mixing or mixture of races by interbreeding.
See also: Race
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.miscegenation - reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
facts of life, procreation, reproduction, breeding - the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring


[ˌmɪsɪdʒɪˈneɪʃən] N (frm) → mestizaje m, cruce m de razas



n. mestizaje, cruzamiento de razas o de culturas.
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In colonial Virginia, she writes, "restrictions on love or lust between pale and dark people originated not from any innate antipathy to interracial sex but from a capitalist desire to promote black chattel slavery.
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In the nineteenth century, those topics included contraception, the appearance and function of women's bodily parts, extreme sexual pleasure, rape or varieties of harassment, homosexuality, and experiences of or yearnings for interracial sex.
The last category includes the old bugaboo of interracial sex--that is, real or imagined interracial sex between black men and white women.
115-16), offers a vision of interracial sex as bestial and grotesque.
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She writes, "For blacks, the ban on interracial marriage had been seen as a powerful symbol of exclusion and inequality, particularly in the South where interracial sex was commonplace despite the ban on interracial marriage.
Chapter 5 focuses on the political economy of sex/race, including discussions of race, money, and sex; interracial sex and mestizaje; beauty and eroticism; and sex tourism and sex worker migration.
2012) (complicating the notion that all antebellum interracial sex was coercive).