egal·​i·​tar·​i·​an i-ˌga-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce egalitarian (audio)
: asserting, promoting, or marked by egalitarianism
egalitarian noun

Examples of egalitarian in a Sentence

egalitarian policies for the redistribution of wealth
Recent Examples on the Web What about histories that are egalitarian, innovative, freethinking, freewheeling, and freedom-loving — as are much of America’s histories? Brian T. Allen, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 By the 1960s, Sweden had one of the most robust social support systems in the world and one of the most egalitarian income distributions. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 The internet is being strangled by profit-hungry monopolists, and users are suffering for it, Dixon claims, but blockchain could wrest some control away from the world’s largest tech companies and return the internet to its egalitarian roots. Joel Khalili, WIRED, 26 Jan. 2024 Husbands in egalitarian marriages spend about 3.5 hours more per week on leisure activities than wives do. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 27 Nov. 2023 As a result, many people who previously perceived themselves as egalitarian, on the side of progress, and pro-diversity became scared of being judged. Joelle Emerson, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 The Ravens are striking another blow for an NFL economic system that’s more egalitarian than Major League Baseball’s system, although their neighbors the Orioles are stretching a relatively tiny MLB payroll into World Series contention after years of misery, . Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2024 And now, just like with music and most creative endeavors, the bar to entry has lowered and become more egalitarian. Julie Seabaugh, Los Angeles Times, 27 Dec. 2023 For a while, the apartment owners manage to build a functioning microcosm with an egalitarian division of tasks, but their small society soon devolves into a fascist state. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


French égalitaire, from égalité equality, from Latin aequalitat-, aequalitas, from aequalis equal

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of egalitarian was in 1885

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Cite this Entry

“Egalitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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