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
sexistplay \ˈsek-sist\ adjective or noun
Examples of sexism in a Sentence
the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples of sexism from the Web
Bloom backed Griffin's sexism charge, noting that male musician Marilyn Manson, and all-male bands Municipal Waste and Gwar have shared graphic images depicting the death of President Trump — with relative impunity.
Or was Clinton cynically using claims of sexism as a cudgel to silence her critics?
Danson discussed character development as well as sexism and agism in the industry.
Some select ~men on the internet~ are crying reverse sexism (not a thing!); saying their wittle feewings are hurt because there's something that's not for them.
A lot of that’s societal, there’s a sexism involved that allows that kind of self-confidence can be read as arrogance.
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Origin and Etymology of sexism
1sex + -ism (as in racism)
First Known Use: 1963
SEXISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sexism for English Language Learners
: unfair treatment of people because of their sex; especially : unfair treatment of women
SEXISM Defined for Kids
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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