speciesism

noun
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

First Known Use of speciesism

1973, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speciesism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciesism. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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