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

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web Responding to internal and external pressure, Pinterest took a page from Uber, whose chief executive Travis Kalanick hired former attorney general Eric Holder to investigate the company’s culture after allegations of rampant sexism. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, "Black women say Pinterest created a den of discrimination -- despite its image as the nicest company in tech," 3 July 2020 But, really, nothing beats watching Moore as Mary Richards, confronting sexism and her crusty boss, Lou Grant (Ed Asner), in the WJM-TV newsroom. oregonlive, "Missing your co-workers? 14 TV workplace comedies to watch while staying home," 2 July 2020 Or the sexism experienced by your costar’s characters? Cori Murray, Essence, "The Afro-Brazilian Actors In This Series Deserve Your Attention," 1 July 2020 But its toxic combination with sexism has particularly vast and disastrous consequences for the health of Black women. Maria Aspan, Fortune, "‘We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down’: Why Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer," 30 June 2020 But the burst of anti-Trump activity wasn’t only about sexism. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "The “Women’s Vote” Never Existed," 29 June 2020 Each insisted that sexism had nothing to do with their selection process. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "Anti-Black bias affects just about everyone. What’s the best way to deal with implicit racism?," 17 June 2020 Warren also said that the coalition will deal with all forms of hate, including sexism and misogyny. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren: Conference athletes would be able to kneel during national anthem," 16 June 2020 Still, explorations of sexism, homophobia and transphobia in the game open up new avenues that have largely been missing from mainstream video games. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Last of Us Part II Is a Revolutionary Video Game—and an Unbelievably Grim One," 12 June 2020

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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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8 Jul 2020

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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