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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Other Words from sexism

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

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language

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Nearly two in five female bosses say there is sexism in their workplace, new research has found. Nick Levine,, "We Need To Talk About Sexism In The Workplace," 23 June 2019 Underneath the sparkling surface lurks an indictment of sexism in the literary world. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 But the sexism isn’t just overt in how the press talks about these women. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "America Loves a Loser (As Long As He's White and Male)," 17 Apr. 2019 That both were female candidates competing with male opponents also diminishes the notion that sexism was at the heart of Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 troubles with working-class men. Dante Chinni, WSJ, "Blue-Collar Voters Are Up for Grabs in 2020," 16 Dec. 2018 More recently, last year, House of Commons Speaker John Bercow accused Johnson of sexism for referring to the shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry as Lady Nugee, her spouse's title, rather than her actual name. Natalie Gil,, "A Brief History Of Boris' Most Sexist & Homophobic Comments," 25 June 2019 Despite the headwinds, Brazil's women's team is now among the world's best, but some claim that sexism has hampered the growth of the women's game. Drew Kann, CNN, "Yes, the US women's soccer team is dominant. That's because most of the world is playing catch-up," 16 June 2019 Solving the problem of Siri and sexism The UNESCO study recommends making technology teams more gender-equal. Sigal Samuel, Vox, "Alexa, are you making me sexist?," 12 June 2019 The reason digital assistants acquiesce to harassment isn’t just sexism or gender inequality in the tech world, as disturbing and prevalent as those may be. Noam Cohen, WIRED, "Why Siri and Alexa Weren’t Built to Smack Down Harassment," 6 June 2019

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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 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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