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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sexist \ˈsek-sist \ adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language

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Instead, sexism has been the main focus of discrimination, according to Fare Network, an organization that fights inequality in soccer. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Broadcasters Told to Stop Zooming in on 'Hot Women' During Games," 12 July 2018 Gadsby continues, giving her unfiltered and honest thoughts on misogyny, sexism, politics, and art. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Nanette Is The Netflix Special That's Going To Change Comedy — & The World," 27 June 2018 By the third iteration in 1998, Smokin’ Grooves established its presence as a showcase for hip-hop that wasn’t branded in sexism or violence. Eric Diep, Billboard, "Erykah Badu, Miguel & More Bring Back the Spirit of Smokin' Grooves in Long Beach," 17 June 2018 The theme of sexism and perseverance carried through Friday morning’s ceremony. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Miss Porter's Graduates Urged To Not Let Sexism Define Their Accomplishments," 1 June 2018 Of course, Hollywood is not innocent of this blatant sexism—minority actresses are often underpaid, and Latina actresses in particular are hyper-sexualized. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "America Ferrera Is DONE being Put in a Box," 22 May 2018 But she was also lauded for promoting female comedians like Sandra Bernhard, Diane Nichols and Whoopi Goldberg, at a time when sexism was pervasive in the industry. Eli Meixler, Time, "Mitzi Shore, the 'Legendary Godmother' of Stand-Up Comedy, Has Died Aged 87," 12 Apr. 2018 Expect a sea change in the Latin music business as women both on and offstage assume leadership roles and fight back against an industry that is legendary for sexism. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 But there's still an undercurrent of sexism there, as if a young actress can only be talked about in relation to another., "Please Stop Calling This Actress "The New Jennifer Lawrence"," 3 July 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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