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ageism

noun age·ism \ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm\

Simple Definition of ageism

  • : unfair treatment of old people

Full Definition of ageism

  1. :  prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly

age·ist also ag·ist play \-jist\ adjective

Examples of ageism

  1. He accused his former employer of ageism when he lost his job to a younger man.



1969

First Known Use of ageism

1969

Variants of ageism

also ag·ism play \ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm\

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