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
Recent Examples on the Web This goes for anything being pushed on people, the environment and society by oppressive forms of control, education, monetary systems, classism, information, security, and governance. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, "Canadians March To Demand #JusticeForRegis & Support U.S. Protesters," 1 June 2020 Societal structures shaped by oppressive structural forces of casteism, classism, communalism, elitism, and patriarchy render a certain section vulnerable. Anup Agarwal & Yogesh Jain, Quartz India, "India’s coronavirus response needs to address the question of social inequity," 29 Mar. 2020 On top of misogynoir, Black women are also subjected to vicious acts of discrimination by way of colourism, classism, fatphobia, and more by non-Black people — and more painfully, even by men and women in our own communities. Ineye Komonibo,, "Rapsody Wants To Shift (Black) Culture With “Afeni”," 13 Jan. 2020 The comic strip adaptation tackled race, classism, and even R. Kelly (before the recent onslaught of headlines and eventual charges). Joi-marie Mckenzie, Essence, "A Definitive List Of The Best Black TV Shows Of The Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 After all, this is a story about classism — the wealthy, miserable Scrooge contrasted with the poor, happy Cratchit. Jerald Pierce,, "Review: ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Goodman still offers surprises," 27 Nov. 2019 This is where the conversation about classism comes into play. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Cargle Insists Rest Is the Real Revolution for Black Women," 6 Nov. 2019 Like Zélie, who faces discrimination and classism in both books, Adeyemi has witnessed the effects of systematic injustice firsthand. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Tomi Adeyemi Makes Magic. Again.," 3 Dec. 2019 An underdog from a slum, Maradona took this classism personally. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "The Tragedy of Diego Maradona, One of Soccer’s Greatest Stars," 13 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of classism

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Classism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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