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Definition of Antilocution

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Antilocution is a term defined by psychologist Gordon Allport  in his book The Nature of Prejudice, 1954. Antilocution is defined as negative verbal remarks against a person, group or community, which are not addressed directly to the target. Generally referred to as "talking behind someone's back," the impact of this is often overlooked. However, because antilocution creates an environment where discrimination is acceptable, it frequently progresses to other more damaging forms of prejudiced behavior. Allport differentiated between five degrees of prejudice, interlocution being the mildest of them.

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