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

Other Words from sexism

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

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web While praised for the active involvement of women protesters, the pro-democracy movement itself has also been criticized for sexism. Jessie Lau For Cnn, CNN, 5 May 2022 The payout is striking for a leader whose recent tenure has been marked by employee complaints over sexism, a hostile work culture and mismanagement of assault claims. Scott Carpenter, Fortune, 3 May 2022 Also in the podcast, Steele said women who wear provocative clothing in the workplace bear a responsibility for sexism aimed toward them. NBC News, 28 Apr. 2022 This raises thorny questions around Twitch’s culture, the future of Vtubing, and sexism on the platform. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 There are overarching questions about whether Feinstein is being singled out and if sexism plays a role. Michael Smolenscolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2022 The constant oppression of women, including sexism, has always been presented as a women's issue when these are men's problems. Elaine Montilla, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Garmus’ commitment to portraying the near countless ways sexism trivialized and muzzled women may exhaust some readers. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Apr. 2022 On Tour, Aphra Behn, Donna Kaz creates visual art and performance to attack sexism and prove feminists are funny at the same time. Donna Kaz, Variety, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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