[spee-shee-ziz-uh m, -see-ziz-]
- discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans.
Sometimes spe·cism [spee-siz-uh m] /ˈspi sɪz əm/.
Origin of speciesism
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- a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted
C20: from species + -ism
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Word Origin and History for speciesism
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