vegetarianism

noun
veg·​e·​tar·​i·​an·​ism | \ ˌve-jə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce vegetarianism (audio) \

Definition of vegetarianism

: the theory or practice of living on a vegetarian diet

The Difference Between Vegetarian, Vegan, and Other Diets

The word vegetarian sprouted up in 1839. Fruitarian ("a person who lives on fruit") ripened by 1893. In 1944, vegetarians who consume no animal or dairy products began calling themselves vegans. Then, in 1993, those who eat fish but no other meat chose pesce, the Italian word for "fish," to create the designation pescatarian. In that same year, meatatarian was served up as a word for those whose diet largely includes meat; that word is rare, however, and is usually used in informal and humorous ways, making it the type of fare not included in our dictionaries. Another fairly recent dietary word is flexitarian, a person who follows a mostly vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.

Examples of vegetarianism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Suggestions that it will be used to mandate vegetarianism, on the other hand, reflect uncertainties about sustainable agriculture, climate change and animal welfare. CBS News, 17 May 2022 Suggestions that it will be used to mandate vegetarianism, on the other hand, reflect uncertainties about sustainable agriculture, climate change and animal welfare. David Klepper, ajc, 17 May 2022 The Pandits, who are Hindus, also boast a long tradition of vegetarianism that has survived in the region, and that’s the source of Gill’s recipe here for chaman kaliya, paneer in yellow gravy. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, 15 May 2022 Studies with longer follow-up periods and information on motivations for eating vegetarian – such as socioeconomic status – would also be helpful for understanding links between children’s development and vegetarianism, the authors said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 2 May 2022 No country in the world gets vegetarianism quite like India. Joni Sweet, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Overall patterns of eating, like vegetarianism, are emphasized over individual foods or nutrients. The Editors, Outside Online, 20 Feb. 2015 My vegetarianism was motivated by my affinity for animals. Marc Myers, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 While vegans and vegetarians still represent a small slice of the consumer market, a more flexible version of vegetarianism is catching on. Louis Biscotti, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vegetarianism

circa 1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Vegetarianism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetarianism. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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vegetarianism

noun
veg·​e·​tar·​i·​an·​ism | \ -ē-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce vegetarianism (audio) \

Medical Definition of vegetarianism

: the theory or practice of living on a vegetarian diet

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