age·​ism | \ ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm How to pronounce ageism (audio) \
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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 How to pronounce agist (audio) \ 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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But Theron's story is also an important reminder that ageism is still very much in existence in every industry, including Hollywood. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlize Theron Turned Down the Role of Wonder Woman... 's Mom," 4 May 2019 While the Bachelor franchise is used to controversy, this ageism plot is even uncomfortable for a seasoned viewer. Courtney Lund, Marie Claire, "ABC's 'The Bachelor' Has Never Felt More Openly Ageist Than Right Now," 23 Jan. 2019 This is ageism-be-damned, a fact not lost on the likes of Sephora and Club Monaco, which have flocked to collaborate with her. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Microbiologist Turned Personal Trainer Grece Ghanem Is Instagram’s New Icon of Ageless Style," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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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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