sex·​ism | \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio) \

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

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Other Words from sexism

sexist \ ˈsek-​sist How to pronounce sexism (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web But if her directness about sexism and misogyny bothers people, Ms. Pelletier does not care. New York Times, 10 June 2021 This isn't the first time Knightley has spoken out against sexism. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Singer did not address the allegations of sexism and homophobia in his statement. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 7 June 2021 The beer industry has been in the midst of a reckoning fueled recently by a Massachusetts brewer who has collected allegations of sexism and hostile behavior toward women in the beer industry, which the brewer has shared on her Instagram account. Josh Noel,, 22 May 2021 Any place where power is exercised, yes, there's generally sexism. Amy Shoenthal, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Some of it, influencers say, is just old-fashioned sexism. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 Nike has dealt with issues of sexism and discrimination with women athletes, including with runner Allyson Felix, who has since partnered with Athleta. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 23 Apr. 2021 The organization’s blindspots around honoring female artists, and an internal sexism scandal, was also countered when female artists ended up winning big. Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of sexism

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sexism

sex entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

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15 Jun 2021

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sexism

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


sex·​ism | \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio) \

Kids Definition of sexism

: 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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