feminism

noun

fem·​i·​nism ˈfe-mə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
: belief in and advocacy of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes expressed especially through organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
feministic adjective

Examples of feminism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Recent movies The Idea of You and A Family Affair and books like The Winner are embracing the idea that women of a certain age are thirsting for boy toys and honestly, that’s feminism. Stephanie McNeal, Glamour, 3 July 2024 Hansen-Løve is writing and directing If Love Should Die on the visionary 18th-century writer, considered one of the founder philosophers of feminism. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 July 2024 Well, women have been practicing these everyday acts of feminism for decades, offline. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 7 June 2024 Still, the fact this detail was ever a part of Furiosa’s backstory at all leaves questions about how much Miller absorbed the feminism of the character, let alone intended her to be a reclamation of his nihilistic dystopia rather than a badass representative of it. Aja Romano, Vox, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for feminism 

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Word History

Etymology

see feminine entry 1

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of feminism was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Feminism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feminism. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

feminism

noun
fem·​i·​nism ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
1
: the theory supporting the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2
: organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
feminist noun or adjective
feministic adjective

Medical Definition

feminism

noun
fem·​i·​nism ˈfem-ə-ˌniz-əm How to pronounce feminism (audio)
: the presence of female characteristics in males

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