Definition of egalitarianism
1 : a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs
2 : a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people
Recent Examples of egalitarianism from the Web
Only once in the history of golf has there been a longer stretch of egalitarianism.
Nor did Lee’s defeat lead to an embrace of racial egalitarianism.
Denmark’s Social Democrats have widened a lead in opinion polls, positioning itself as willing to address blue-collar concerns, even if that means treading over its traditional principles of egalitarianism, tolerance and openness.
The only hope for a better life lies in an idyllic island in the Atlantic Ocean, known as the Offshore, where abundance and egalitarianism reign.
In 2009, a study by historians at Stanford and the University of Texas found that the degree of egalitarianism in Rome during the second century A.D.—about 100 years after the death of Saturninus—compared favorably with the US today.
On the whole, however, Britain and the United States have, compared with many Western countries, generally set greater store on individual economic freedom than on the ideal of egalitarianism.
In this case, the icon is Apple, which is dragged to a Fortune inquisition for proclaiming one thing (egalitarianism) and practicing another (exclusionary-to-the-point-of-paranoia business tactics).
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The Roots of egalitarianism
Egalitarianism comes to the English language from the French. We fashioned egalitarian from their égalitaire “egalitarian” (which comes from the Latin aequalitas “equality”), and then added our -ism to it. The word first appeared in English in the late 19th century; our current earliest citation is from 1874, in The Times of India: “Before the Revolution the officers of one regiment welcomed brother corps with champagne suppers, but egalitarianism has brought us down to punch at five francs the bowl. . . ." The word has seen a subtle shift in meaning. Its earliest use was typically in reference to a belief in human equality; it has since taken on the sense “a social philosophy that advocates the removal of inequality among people.”
First Known Use of egalitarianism
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