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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The film centers on Ginsburg (played by Felicity Jones) and her relationship with her husband Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), who’s also a lawyer; it’s unusually supportive, loving, and egalitarian, both for its time and for a movie. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 9 Oscar contenders coming out in December," 3 Dec. 2018 What those worlds look like—be they cyborg-centric, egalitarian, or dystopian—varies, from a 1930s pulp tale by C.L. Moore to a piece by the late, great Ursula K. LeGuin penned at the end of the 60s. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Best Sci Fi Movies of 2018 That Starred Women," 28 Nov. 2018 Satya is servile and deceptive; Rebecca, candid and egalitarian. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: An Indian Visitor in Search of America," 26 July 2018 That boom enriched a small but attention-getting upper-middle class in a supposedly egalitarian socialist society, and led to a government crackdown that included the freezing of licenses and the tougher new rules. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cubans welcome softer laws on business and art," 12 Dec. 2018 As adults, those sons pitch in more with their own kids and have more egalitarian attitudes in the workplace. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "I'm a Working Mom—How Do I Not Feel Guilty?," 6 Nov. 2018 For instance, in Norway—the egalitarian culture credited as the pioneer of such quotas—women CEOs are nearly nonexistent even though roughly 40% of directors are female. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "To Shatter the Glass Ceiling, Don’t Force It," 8 Sep. 2018 The internet has not, contra its early advertising, done away with gatekeepers or created an egalitarian meritocracy. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018 That will look very different from a wealthy, egalitarian country where cancer is one of the biggest causes of death. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Genetics play less of a role in lifespan than we thought," 8 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

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

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