egal·i·tar·i·an | \i-ˌga-lə-ˈter-ē-ən \

Definition of egalitarian 

: asserting, promoting, or marked by egalitarianism

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Examples of egalitarian in a Sentence

egalitarian policies for the redistribution of wealth

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Vista’s billionaire co-founder comes off as the epitome of the heartless Wall Street investor, despite reports of a hug-happy, egalitarian work environment. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—AT&T Risking HBO Franchise With Corporate Pressure," 10 July 2018 The city itself felt like a fairly egalitarian space, as far as cities go. Bradley Babendir, Longreads, "Storytelling the Flood: Elizabeth Rush on Empathy and Climate Change," 7 June 2018 Bitmain alone mines two-fifths of bitcoin blocks, which undermines the currency’s egalitarian ideals. The Economist, "How a few companies are bitcoining it," 19 May 2018 Jennings’s survey respondents left high school near the end of a 25-year period of unusually rapid and egalitarian income growth. Larry Bartels, Washington Post, "White people get more conservative when they move up — not down — economically. Here’s the evidence.," 14 May 2018 Many of them come to study life sciences, a result of the country’s excellent and egalitarian undergraduate educational system coupled with the difficulty of accessing lab equipment for graduate programs there because of sanctions. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Upholding Trump's Travel Ban, the Supreme Court Harms Scientists," 27 June 2018 Moreover, the highly egalitarian policies of the post-war decades were themselves made feasible by rapid economic growth. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 Fortnite also takes a more egalitarian approach to the gender of players' avatars. Christopher Palmeri,, "Millions of women will make Fortnite a billion-dollar game," 29 May 2018 And there’s another question for creators themselves: If the unelected rulers of the UAE do gain dominance in AI, are entrepreneurs confident that these world-altering technological advances will be used for fair and egalitarian purposes? Claire Zillman / Dubai, Time, "Dubai Decrees Itself the A.I. City-State of the Future," 12 Mar. 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

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

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