sex·​ism | \ ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm \

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 \ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language

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One is a philosopher who analyzes the nuances of sexism and misogyny; two others are political scientists who study the global decline of democracy and whether America might be next. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The 9 thinkers who made sense of 2018’s chaos," 27 Dec. 2018 As well as talking about her new Netflix movie Dumplin', Aniston discusses societal sexism, particularly in regard to the assumption that all women want children. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston Just Opened Up About Her 'Very Successful' Marriages to Brad Pitt & Justin Theroux," 8 Dec. 2018 After the match, Williams spoke out about sexism in her sport at a press conference. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "In Support of Serena Williams, Billie Jean King Slams Sexist Double Standard in Tennis," 10 Sep. 2018 The last reason for the superstition is actually rooted in sexism. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 In a bid to tackle sexism at the 2018 World Cup, soccer governing body FIFA has called on television broadcasters to avoid cutting away to attractive women celebrating in the stands of games. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Broadcasters Told to Stop Zooming in on 'Hot Women' During Games," 12 July 2018 Mulaney’s joke is innocent enough — it’s sexism at its most banal. Rebecca Farley,, "Now Is A Great Time To Revisit John Mulaney's "Ocean's Eleven With Women" Joke," 30 May 2018 Many mass murderers and other criminals have left behind an online trail Beierle’s YouTube and SoundCloud history is rife with violent sexism. Anna North, Vox, "How mass shooters practice their hate online," 4 Nov. 2018 But unfounded charges of sexism can’t be a repercussion-free practice. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Media too quick to label U.S. Open umpire’s calls against Serena Williams as sexist," 11 Sep. 2018

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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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The first known use of sexism was in 1963

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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 \

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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