egal·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ i-ˌga-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce egalitarian (audio) \

Definition of egalitarian

: asserting, promoting, or marked by egalitarianism

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egalitarian noun

Examples of egalitarian in a Sentence

egalitarian policies for the redistribution of wealth

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However, their stories not only pay tribute to Bolivia’s past, but may foretell a more egalitarian future in the world of wrestling. Nell Haynes, The Conversation, "How indigenous women revolutionized Bolivian wrestling," 5 July 2019 The little, egalitarian democracy on the bus reminded me of my rural Vermont hometown. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Silver Sailing Cups Recall Gilded Age Glamour and Sexuality," 29 June 2019 Spotify’s corporate culture has the luxe yet egalitarian vibe of many tech companies. Claudia Rosenbaum, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: Spotify's Nick Holmstén on Why the Streaming Giant and Its Algorithm Are Good for Business," 27 June 2019 Posters are the egalitarian cousin of the fine art print—anyone can buy one. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Don’t have $500 to spend on art? Try a fine art poster," 14 June 2019 In the maelstrom of European politics, Denmark is usually fairly quiet, routinely ranking among the world’s happiest, wealthiest and most egalitarian nations. Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, "Denmark Election Is Fueled by Anger on Climate and Immigration," 4 June 2019 This egalitarian embrace of both art history and pop culture wasn’t lost on John Chamberlain, Robert Rauschenberg, or Andy Warhol, all of whom owe a debt to de Kooning. Stephen Ellis, The New York Review of Books, "Willem de Kooning: Acrobat with a Paint Brush," 1 June 2019 Over time, white uniforms gave way to scrubs, which were seen as more egalitarian. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "A Sisterhood of Nurses," 11 Aug. 2018 There is pretty clear evidence that democracies with large gaps in income have a much higher probability of breakdown than those with a more egalitarian income distribution. Sean Illing, Vox, "Want less poverty in the world? Empower women.," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of egalitarian

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for egalitarian

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

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The first known use of egalitarian was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of egalitarian

formal : aiming for equal wealth, status, etc., for all people

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