in·​e·​gal·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌi-ni-ˌga-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce inegalitarian (audio) \

Definition of inegalitarian

: marked by disparity in social and economic standing

Examples of inegalitarian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within this inegalitarian context, mayors can find even their most noble efforts compromised. Mason B. Williams, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 Cohen’s account emphasizes the court’s inegalitarian streak. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, 7 Apr. 2020 The erosion of a cherished tradition reflects an increasingly inegalitarian society, one of the many changes that are tearing at France’s unspoken social contract. Norimitsu Onishi, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2019 All this contraindicates the democracy movement’s prescription: If our republic’s true sickness is its inegalitarian economic system, then that illness won’t be cured by cross-ideological coalitions. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, 23 May 2018 For is there any American institution that trades on unapologetic exclusion and perpetuates inegalitarian arrangements that benefit an in-group more than Harvard? Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, 13 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inegalitarian.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of inegalitarian

1940, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About inegalitarian

Time Traveler for inegalitarian

Time Traveler

The first known use of inegalitarian was in 1940

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near inegalitarian




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for inegalitarian

Cite this Entry

“Inegalitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!