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
Recent Examples on the Web The teacher no longer stands at the front of a classroom, and instead joins a more egalitarian virtual gallery where every face occupies the same number of pixels. Aly Kassam-remtulla, Wired, "When Schools Reopen, Don't Ditch Online Learning," 6 May 2020 Our goal must be to construct a system in which everyone has an opportunity to thrive—this is the only path to a more egalitarian, more informed, less divisive society. Geoffrey O’brien, Harper's Magazine, "Letters," 27 Apr. 2020 Even though those years were difficult, many people miss what milk bars represent: an egalitarian, distinctly Polish place. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "In Poland, Communist-Era Restaurants Are Perfect for the Moment," 21 Apr. 2020 USA TODAY Though intended to promote parity, the NFL draft is hardly an egalitarian enterprise. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft 2020: Dolphins, Giants among teams with most at stake," 9 Apr. 2020 Research shows that egalitarian relationships are associated with a myriad of positive benefits, Yavorsky said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "How to get your family to help with household chores, starting today," 7 Apr. 2020 Some advocates yearn for an egalitarian model like Finland’s—where comprehensive schools and a focus on special education (or disabilities) rather than giftedness coincide with high rankings on international measures such as PISA scores. The Economist, "The dignity of all the talents A battle over gifted education is brewing in America," 9 Jan. 2020 One of the primary reasons may be the Democratic Party’s peculiar attraction to policies that can appear egalitarian but that predominately work to the benefit of the top percentiles. Charles Petersen, The New York Review of Books, "Serfs of Academe," 25 Feb. 2020 Statistically, his case doesn’t hold up as well as some, but the Blue Devils’ egalitarian offensive approach and his individual efficiency buys Okafor some leeway relative to others with gaudier counting stats. Jeremy Woo,, "The 10 Best Individual College Basketball Seasons of the Decade," 4 Oct. 2019

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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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17 May 2020

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“Egalitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of egalitarian

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

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