[ey-jiz-uh m]


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

Examples from the Web for ageism

Contemporary Examples of ageism

  • Ageism is the only “ism” that everyone (who lives) will live to suffer from.

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    This Just In: Seniors Screw Too!

    Lenore Szuchman

    August 11, 2012

  • Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008.

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    So Long, Democrats

    Wendy Button

    October 28, 2008

British Dictionary definitions for ageism




discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly
Derived Formsageist or agist, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper