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

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War, corruption and sexism are not easy topics, and creative expression has its limits. L.t. | Kampala, The Economist, "The writers breathing fresh life into Ugandan literature," 23 Aug. 2019 Guido van Rossum, creator of Python, has spoken about how this leads to unconscious biases against women, as well as outright sexism. Dan Kopf, Quartz at Work, "How R-Ladies made data science inclusive," 24 July 2019 Protesters say the leaked text messages between Rosselló and his allies expose a reprehensible indifference to Hurricane Maria victims, as well as alarming instances of bigotry and sexism. Gina Martinez, Time, "Some of Puerto Rico's Biggest Stars Have Joined Protests Against the Governor. Here's What to Know," 18 July 2019 Gretchen Carlson, played by Naomi Watts, sneers and glares at Ailes’s condescending sexism. Lyz Lenz, The New Republic, "The Loudest Voice Stars AVery Simple Monster," 27 June 2019 The Americans handled mounds of pressure, criticism, sexism and presidential tweets while remaining a symbol for equality and growth in the women’s game. Laken Litman,, "Rapinoe, Lavelle Recover to Lead USWNT to Historic Fourth World Cup Title," 7 July 2019 The Women’s March has become a yearly installment, and a multitude of social media movements encourage women to speak out against sexism and other concerns. Ysabelle Kempe,, "Why Mass. is often overlooked role in the suffrage movement," 27 June 2019 Women’s soccer players in Argentina have fought back against inequality, sexism and a lack of support from their federation over the years. Jamie Goldberg,, "Diego Valeri on Argentina’s performance at Women’s World Cup: ‘They look hungry to make history’," 17 June 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

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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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