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

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 The accusations related to his behavior in the workplace and included allegations of sexism toward female employees, along with concerns about qualifications and safety. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Aug. 2022 How do Gerri and Shiv navigate the sexism of it all? Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 9 June 2022 The formation of the GWA represents a milestone for an industry that regularly faces accusations of labor exploitation and workplace sexism. Julia Malleck, Quartz, 24 May 2022 And how could the sexism of the architectural establishment be challenged? Divya Subramanian, The Atlantic, 2 May 2022 Norma Jeane, which highlights the relentless sexism Monroe faced during her years in Hollywood while simultaneously noting the ways that Monroe herself perpetuated chauvinistic ideals with her behavior. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 1 May 2022 Only this week, a report by MPs found that bullying and sexism were forcing staff to quit. Roger Trapp, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Discussions about America’s legacy of slavery and sexism, and their impacts today have become more prevalent in business, education and other circles. Laura Hancock, cleveland, 25 July 2022 What is a good Confucianist reason to criticize Confucian sexism? Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 23 July 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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