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ageism

[ ey-jiz-uhm ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒɪz əm /
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noun
discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.
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Origin of ageism

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

OTHER WORDS FROM ageism

age·ist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ageism

ageism

agism

/ (ˈeɪdʒɪzəm) /

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

Derived forms of ageism

ageist or agist, adjective
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