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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But in a number of countries, an increasingly egalitarian view of gender differences has been associated with rising math and science scores for girls. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Women go into science careers more often in countries without gender equality," 19 Feb. 2018 This is where women, and the men who also want a more egalitarian future, come in. Jill Filipovic, Marie Claire, "Women Won Big Last Night. Now It's Time to Get to Work," 7 Nov. 2018 The way to stay safe in a small human group is to be relentlessly egalitarian. John Hawks, WSJ, "‘The Goodness Paradox’ Review: The Benefits of Good Breeding," 25 Jan. 2019 That sounds hopelessly elitist in our egalitarian era, but Twitter is the ludicrous conclusion of the propensity Jeffrey lamented. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "For Sanity’s Sake, Delete Your Account," 18 Jan. 2019 Among them are the intimacy that comes with more egalitarian relationships, the friendship that comes with vulnerability, and the ability to join communities in a healthier way that’s not structured around dominating them. Anna North, Vox, "Women made historic gains in 2018. But in so many ways, it was still the Year of the Man.," 27 Dec. 2018 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

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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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