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[ey-jiz-uh m]
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  1. discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
  2. a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.
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Origin of ageism

1965–70; age + -ism, on the model of sexism, racism, etc.
Related formsage·ist, adjective, noun
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  1. discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly
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Derived Formsageist or agist, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ageism


"discrimination against people based on age," coined 1969 by U.S. gerontologist Dr. Robert N. Butler, from age + -ism, on pattern of racism, sexism. Related: Ageist.

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