feminism

noun

fem·​i·​nism ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
: belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
feministic adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her modern brand of feminism appeals to a younger generation, but irks some of France’s older guard. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 College freshmen of that era would have been children of the 1980s, and grown up among the naming trends associated with second-wave feminism. Rachel Gutman-Wei, The Atlantic, 2 Jan. 2024 Sure, there’s a wry meta-commentary to find in the Academy Awards recognizing Ryan Gosling for playing Ken, but not Robbie for playing the title character—in a movie literally about patriarchy and feminism. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 This new version has been produced by Oprah Winfrey according to the opportunism of Black Lives Matter and vengeful #MeToo feminism. Armond White, National Review, 3 Jan. 2024 Woolf crowned Wollstonecraft as a mother of English feminism and banished Cavendish to the mausoleum of unread books. Ruth Scurr, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2023 That her lawyer is a gal pal, rather than a male love interest as in previous iterations, ups the ante, though the relative earnestness of the film’s feminism stands in contrast to an otherwise wholly flippant exercise. Guy Lodge, Variety, 24 Dec. 2023 Adichie was critical of Beyoncé’s particular brand of feminism. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 13 Dec. 2023 The energy of second-wave feminism and the rush of Black nationalist politics helped. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

see feminine entry 1

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feminism was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

feminism

noun
fem·​i·​nism ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
1
: the theory supporting the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2
: organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
feminist noun or adjective
feministic adjective

Medical Definition

feminism

noun
fem·​i·​nism ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
: the presence of female characteristics in males

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