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

Other Words from egalitarian

egalitarian noun

Examples of egalitarian in a Sentence

egalitarian policies for the redistribution of wealth
Recent Examples on the Web Twenty years ago, dotcom evangelists wouldn't shut up about the web as a land of milk and honey, an egalitarian Eden. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 18 Feb. 2022 France, much like the United States and other multiracial societies, has long struggled to uphold its universal and democratic ideals of racial equality enshrined in its egalitarian constitution and reality on the ground. Chris Massaro, Fox News, 5 Dec. 2020 Women’s tennis is particularly deep and egalitarian at the moment. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2020 Trump thinks America is in similar danger of hyper-egalitarian anarchy. James Pethokoukis, TheWeek, 7 July 2020 Palme’s personal life hewed ostentatiously to his egalitarian convictions. The Economist, 11 June 2020 His reasons were grounded in egalitarian principles. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 29 May 2020 What’s more American than egalitarian pop on the dance floor? Fox News, 29 Mar. 2020 No need to wait until the kids in your life are freshmen in college taking an intro gender theory course—picture books about feminist heroes, egalitarian fairytales, and funny, fresh takes on girlhood are available now. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2020 See More

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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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“Egalitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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