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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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And yet, by applying these familiar narrative tropes to the experience of black women during slavery and the controversial issue of miscegenation, Collins addresses key political issues; by recasting miscegenation and black female virtue, she enters the debate over black citizenship in 1865.
In his examination of miscegenation laws, for example, Lubin nowhere makes clear that the states, not the federal government, have had the authority to regulate marriage since the country's founding.
I mused that miscegenation between white war heroes and Black slaves or servants was not a proper topic for a tour as we walked into the bedroom containing an actual bed of the general's.
After his confrontation with Roth's "almost white" (346) mixed-race lover and her child in "Delta Autumn," Ike makes an odd statement in an apparent attempt to connect this repetition of the McCaslin heritage of incest and miscegenation with the destiny of the Mississippi Delta.
The product of an interracial relationship, Matejka, in turn, makes miscegenation the organizing principle for many of his poems.
Nascimento's main thesis, fully supported by statistical evidence, was that the process of "whitening" in Brazil, based on miscegenation and massive white immigration, was tantamount to a "genocide" of Brazil's black people.
It also advertised itself as a community open to racially mixed couples even though Virginia still had miscegenation laws on the books.
Although the last law against miscegenation was repealed in the 1960s, the fear of miscegenation remains a significant issue.
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This statement finds much of its power in its marking of the complicated intersections of the mythos of miscegenation and representations of Black male sexuality present in discourses of gay liberation and post-1950s Black nationalism.
Of these potential offspring, one, the young woman's child, is aborted outright, and another, the child of Bandy Habash and an Irish woman, is dismissed in shameful accusations of illegitimacy and miscegenation that again reveal the congenital limitations of the new society.