size·​ism | \ ˈsī-zist How to pronounce sizeism (audio) \

Definition of sizeism

: discrimination or prejudice directed against people because of their size and especially because of their weight … this is one way to dismantle the power difference society's privileges grant us through such institutions as racism or classism or ageism or sizeism.— Sarah Lucia Hoagland … Hollywood horror stories about sizeism abound. Carrie Fisher said in 2015 that she had been pressured to lose 35 pounds before appearing in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."— Brooks Barnes

Other Words from sizeism

sizeist \ ˈsī-​zist How to pronounce sizeism (audio) \ adjective
sizeist comments With pointed punchlines ranging from racist … to sizeist, to sexist, the actor consistently crosses the line without regret. The Valley Breeze & Observer (Smithfield, Rhode Island)
sizeist noun, plural sizeists
Only sizeists would assume that because she is thin she must now be happy. — Andrew Billen

First Known Use of sizeism

1971, in the meaning defined above

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“Sizeism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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