sex·​ism ˈsek-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce sexism (audio)
: prejudice or discrimination based on sex
especially : discrimination against women
: behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex
sexist adjective or noun

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web Both spend a good deal of time devoted to exploring the era’s sexism, particularly played out, writ small, at local television stations. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 Though women have worked at the agency since its founding in 1947, Mundy, a journalist and former Washington Post staffer, argues that their contributions have long been overlooked, in part due to the secretive nature of the job but also because of sexism. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 He’s baffled to learn that sexism has kept her from advancing in a supposedly meritocratic field. TIME, 13 Oct. 2023 These are especially notable because of the way both programs have stared down similar sexism — the USWNT in a contentious and public battle for equal pay, the NWSL in a painful and public reckoning over abusive coaches and owners. Globe Staff,, 9 Sep. 2023 Anyone who purchases this book will be enraptured and inspired by Lowe’s ambition to become one of the world’s foremost seamstresses during a period of overt racial discrimination, segregation, and sexism. Candace Smith, Essence, 13 Nov. 2023 The rapid ascent that’s come with diversifying their sound has taken the quintet from the brightest star in the Santa Cruz hardcore scene to the national stage, earning all of the praise, criticisms, sexism and ridiculous rumors that go along with it. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 1 Nov. 2023 The game’s story shows Baghdad’s contribution to astronomy, math, health care, poetry, textiles, and the judicial system, while not shying away from the classism, slavery, extortion, and sexism of the era. WIRED, 24 Oct. 2023 Petal, my homegirl, a daughter of the Armenian diaspora, who turned me on to the sexism and misogyny not only in our graffiti world but also in myself. Salomon Zavala, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


sex entry 1 + -ism (as in racism)

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sexism was in 1963

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“Sexism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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sex·​ism ˈsek-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce sexism (audio)
: distinction and especially unjust distinction based on sex and made against one person or group in favor of another
especially : distinctions made against women
sexist adjective or noun

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