spe·​cies·​ism ˈspē-shēz-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce speciesism (audio)
: prejudice or discrimination based on species
especially : discrimination against animals
: the assumption of human superiority on which speciesism is based
speciesist adjective
speciesist views/thinking
speciesist noun
plural speciesists

Examples of speciesism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Media scholars attribute speciesism to a lack of media coverage. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 20 May 2022 But speciesism, the notion that humans are inherently superior to all other organisms and, therefore, entitled to exploit them, remains firmly rooted in our way of thinking — and acting. Richard Schiffman, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 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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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speciesism was in 1970

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“Speciesism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speciesism. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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