spe·​cies·​ism | \ ˈspē-shēz-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce speciesism (audio) , -sēz- \

Definition of speciesism

1 : prejudice or discrimination based on species especially : discrimination against animals
2 : the assumption of human superiority on which speciesism is based

Other Words from speciesism

speciesist \ ˈspē-​shēz-​ist How to pronounce speciesism (audio) , -​sēz-​ \ adjective
speciesist views/thinking
speciesist noun, plural speciesists

Examples of speciesism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a separate video, Havok advocates against speciesism, the notion that humans are superior to other species. Jude Zhu, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2022

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First Known Use of speciesism

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Apr 2022

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“Speciesism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciesism. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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