sex·​ism ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio)
: prejudice or discrimination based on sex
especially : discrimination against women
: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
sexist adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web There’s been a harassment lawsuit filed by two of his former Housewives stars alleging sexism on the set, among other charges. Maer Roshan, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 May 2024 When university leaders send a message that women don’t matter, women come to accept and expect unfair treatment, which is how cultures of sexism and discrimination perpetuate, said Elizabeth Taylor, a Temple University professor who studies diversity and inclusion in the sport industry. Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sexism 

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Word History


sex entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexism was in 1963

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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sex·​ism ˈsek-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce sexism (audio)
: distinction and especially unjust distinction based on sex and made against one person or group in favor of another
especially : distinctions made against women
sexist adjective or noun

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