I came across this sentence:

What confidence can we have that the result is anything more than a self-consistent skein of prejudice?

What does the phrase 'skein of prejudice' actually mean?

  • What meaning does your dictionary give for "skein"? – Greybeard Apr 30 '20 at 8:33

From the Grammarist:

Skein most often refers to a coil of yarn, though it may also be used figuratively to mean an element belonging to a more complicated whole.

...a self-consistent element of prejudice.


A close approximation to "skein" (when skein is used figuratively) would be "continuum" in the sense of something being like a long winding thread.

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