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Antilocution is a form of discrimination in which negative verbal remarks against a person, group, or community, are made (in a public or private setting)[1] and not addressed directly to the target. American psychologist Gordon Allport first used this term in his 1954 book, The Nature of Prejudice, to label the first of the five degrees of antipathy that measure discrimination. Antilocution is similar to the rather common form of betrayal in which a person "talks behind someone's back.", but antilocution involves an in-group ostracizing an out-group on the basis of race, ethnicity, or nationality.[2]

The use of the term antilocution is overshadowed by the term hate speech, which holds a similar meaning but places no regard on the fact that the out-group is unaware of the discrimination.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Conde, H. Victor (2004). A Handbook of International Human Rights Terminology, Second Edition (Human Rights in International Perspective). University of Nebraska Press. p. 15. ISBN 0803215347. 
  2. ^ Dovidio, John F.; Glick, Peter (2005). On the Nature of Prejudice. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 


  • Kenny, Robert Wade; ANTILOCUTIONS in Encyclopedia of Social Services and Disability (edited By Linwood Cousins), 2014, pp. 94–96.