class·​ism | \ ˈkla-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce classism (audio) \

Definition of classism

: prejudice or discrimination based on class

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classist \ ˈkla-​sist How to pronounce classist (audio) \ adjective

Examples of classism in a Sentence

a society plagued by racism and classism

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Certainly, some of this invisibility is due to implicit classism. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 The voices were mum again and mentions of classism and corruption were saved for social media. Teen Vogue, "For Black Students Like Me at USC, the College Admissions Scandal Makes Visible What We All Knew," 21 Mar. 2019 At the time of its publication, this was undoubtedly a comment on classism. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 And her subject matter has expanded to address issues like xenophobia, classism and mental health stigma. New York Times, "Why Franchesca Ramsey Is Done Feeding the Trolls," 10 May 2018 The real problem is not these athletes taking a knee, but race relations and classism in America. Napoleon Harris Iii, Daily Southtown, "Protest policy shows how the NFL has become truly un-American," 2 June 2018 The show will seek to take families from different geographical and social backgrounds to hit hot-button issues such as politics, classism, gender and race, with the ultimate goal being to find common ground on every topic. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Wife Swap' returning at CMT promising to help 'divided' America," 8 Mar. 2018 There’s a sexism to that and there’s also a classism to that. Rhonda Garelick As Told To Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Meet Rhonda Garelick, the Cut’s Critic of Fashion, Aesthetics, and Politics," 1 Feb. 2018 But there have also been reviews (including in this paper) that wonder if the protagonist is a punching bag for cheap laughs and classism. Taffy Brodesser-akner, New York Times, "Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of classism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of classism

: unfair treatment of people because of their social or economic class

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