age·​ism ˈā-(ˌ)ji-zəm How to pronounce ageism (audio)
variants or less commonly agism
: prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly
ageist adjective
or less commonly agist

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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Word History


age entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ageism was in 1969

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“Ageism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


age·​ism ˈā-(ˌ)jiz-əm How to pronounce ageism (audio)
: prejudice or discrimination against people of a particular age and especially against the elderly

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