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

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

the problem of sexism in language
Recent Examples on the Web Now, though, the latest ad hit a real #MeToo nerve, triggering accusations of sexism. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Peloton offers a good holiday shopping exercise for thinking before buying," 5 Dec. 2019 Miss Manners assures you that when administered, these are more effective than any lecture about sexism, which such an offender is bound to take as cute. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Men always play cute with me, and I’m sick of it," 2 Sep. 2019 Miss Manners assures you that when administered, these are more effective than any lecture about sexism, which such an offender is bound to take as cute. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Level of response should match level of offense," 2 Sep. 2019 The night before her big day, she was honored with the Woman of the Decade award by Billboard and used the opportunity to call out toxic sexism in the music industry. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Celebrated Her 30th Birthday With an Over-the-Top Holiday Party," 14 Dec. 2019 But women aren’t the only ones responsible for changing the systemic sexism in Hollywood. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Uh, Are We Not Going to Ask Men About #MeToo, Too?," 4 Dec. 2018 His departure came more than a year after a former engineer published a blog post about experiencing sexism and harassment at Uber, which prompted an internal investigation, led by former US Attorney General Eric Holder, into its work environment. Ahiza Garcia, CNN, "Uber to pay $4.4 million to settle sexual discrimination case," 18 Dec. 2019 But, when the story aired, people were incensed at the blatant misogyny and sexism at our highest level of government. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Cokie Roberts used a local voice to help shatter the glass of the congressional ceiling: Phillip Morris," 22 Sep. 2019 In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Glee, Billboard spoke to actors McHale, Mays and Gilsig about the pilot, fan culture, sexism and social change. Jason Scott, Billboard, "'Glee' at 10: Stars Look Back on the Culture-Shifting Show's Runaway Success," 3 Sep. 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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26 Jan 2020

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“Sexism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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