[ ey-jiz-uh m ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒɪz əm /


discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.

Origin of ageism

1965–70; age + -ism, on the model of sexism, racism, etc.

Related forms

age·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ageism



/ (ˈeɪdʒɪzəm) /


discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly

Derived Forms

ageist or agist, adjective
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