sexism

noun sex·ism \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of sexism

1 :prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially :discrimination against women
2 :behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex

sexist

play \ˈsek-sist\ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

  1. the problem of sexism in language

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Origin and Etymology of sexism

1sex + -ism (as in racism)


SEXISM Defined for English Language Learners

sexism

noun

Definition of sexism for English Language Learners

  • : unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women


SEXISM Defined for Kids

sexism

noun sex·ism \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm \

Definition of sexism for Students

:distinction and especially unjust distinction based on gender and made against one person or group (as women) in favor of another


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