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
Battle of the Sexes tells the story of Billie Jean King’s legendary 1973 triumph on the tennis court over Bobby Riggs, a loud, brash man who baited King into a match that drummed up publicity by playing on sexism.
There is still a great deal of misogyny and sexism, but there are also a lot of women standing up for our rights.
But because sexism, it's considered a huge deal when women accidentally (or on purpose) show theirs, which is why Chrissy Teigen's laid back reaction to an unexpected nip slip is so refreshing.
And sexism could most definitely be a factor as well.
To be blunt, if racism and sexism were crimes, the numbers would paint a compelling case against many of Philadelphia’s skilled trade unions.
In Uber’s case, Beck’s survey found that allegations about the company’s systemic sexism and harassment had the most powerful negative effect.
Earlier this month, the board approved top management changes, which included having Kalanick take an indefinite leave of absence, after an independent investigation found a culture of sexism and disrespect pervaded the company.
However, women of color would bear a particularly heavy burden as conservatives fortify the structural racism and sexism that has hurt them for centuries.
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Origin and Etymology of sexism
1sex + -ism (as in racism)
First Known Use: 1963See Words from the same year
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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