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[vej-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm/
the beliefs or practices of a vegetarian.
Origin of vegetarianism
First recorded in 1850-55; vegetarian + -ism Unabridged
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  • An allusion to the vegetarianism of the Pythagoreans and others.

  • There is to me an odd pathos in the literature of vegetarianism.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
  • If vegetarianism opposes the overeating of an animal diet, it is right.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • There is one point that vegetarianism has not satisfactorily answered as yet.

    Fletcherism Horace Fletcher
  • There are many standpoints, however, from which the subject of vegetarianism may be discussed.

    Encyclopedia of Diet Eugene Christian
British Dictionary definitions for vegetarianism


the principle or practice of excluding all meat and fish, and sometimes, in the case of vegans, all animal products (such as eggs, cheese, etc) from one's diet
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Word Origin and History for vegetarianism

1851, from vegetarian + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vegetarianism in Medicine

vegetarianism veg·e·tar·i·an·ism (věj'ĭ-târ'ē-ə-nĭz'əm)
The practice of subsisting on a diet composed primarily or wholly of vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds, with or without eggs and dairy products.

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