age·​ism | \ ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm \
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Definition of ageism

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

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Other Words from ageism

ageist or less commonly agist \ -​jist \ adjective

Examples of ageism in a Sentence

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

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Pointing to her competency, Pelosi and many of her allies accuse her critics of sexism and ageism. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "House Democrats don’t need a leader, they need someone to represent them on TV," 20 Nov. 2018 The idea of the program is to tear down generational stereotypes, combat ageism and introduce students to possibility of careers working with the elderly. Pat Eaton-robb, Fox News, "Program combats ageism by having students live with seniors," 17 Aug. 2018 The remarks in an interview with the Daily Telegraph sparked complaints about sexism and ageism., "Investors dump GE shares," 17 May 2018 The incident gained international media attention, with Goodall, then 102, calling it ageism in the workplace. Lindsey Bever,, "A scientist just turned 104. His birthday wish is to die.," 1 May 2018 The boundaries that define womanhood are at the heart of conversation today: gender fluidity, body types, ageism. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Simone Rocha on the Key to Understated Femininity and Her Favorite London Beauty Destinations," 17 Feb. 2018 Together, these models are defying ageism on the runway, and their progress is showing in numbers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Carmen Dell'Orefice, 85 Years Young, Closed a Couture Show," 27 Jan. 2017 Still, while the complex roles for which these women were nominated suggest that the needle may be moving, ageism and sexism continue to work together to shut women over 40 out of roles. Hayley Macmillen, Allure, "The Field of Oscar-Nominated Actresses Over 40 Was a Breath of Fresh Air in an Ageist Industry," 5 Mar. 2018 Nicole Kidman tackles ageism Nicole Kidman won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for her critically acclaimed role in Big Little Lies. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "These Were the 5 Best Speeches From the 2018 SAG Awards," 22 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of ageism was in 1969

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English Language Learners Definition of ageism

: unfair treatment of old people

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