age·​ism | \ ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm How to pronounce ageism (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of ageism

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

Other Words from ageism

ageist or less commonly agist \ ˈā-​jist How to pronounce ageism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ageism in a Sentence

He accused his former employer of ageism when he lost his job to a younger man.
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, ageism persists because there has not yet been a large-scale grass-roots movement to fight it. Bonnie Marcus, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Some recruiters have suggested that to avoid ageism, Nieva-Woodgate tweak her résumé and LinkedIn page to display only the last 10 to 15 years of her experience. Jane Thier, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2022 According to the World Health Organization, ageism is the most widespread and socially accepted prejudice. Bonnie Marcus, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Another famous face from the world of fashion had similar sentiments on ageism last week, when Parsons caught up with Brinkley's fellow supermodel Paulina Porizkova. Dan Heching,, 5 Apr. 2022 The Movie for Grownups program works to fight industry ageism, a theme that was reflected in winners’ acceptance speeches. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2022 Employers can’t legally reject applicants based on their age, but ageism can arise subtly in job postings and the algorithms that screen them. WSJ, 22 Feb. 2022 For a woman of color, ageism becomes a triple threat for potential bias and discrimination. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Strategic programming to address ageism helps employees understand the myriad of ways that age bias shows up in the workplace–across the age spectrum. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ageism

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ageism

age entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

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25 May 2022

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“Ageism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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