ageism

[ ey-jiz-uh m ]
/ ˈeɪ dʒɪz əm /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. aged,
  2. agedly,
  3. agee,
  4. agee, james,
  5. ageing,
  6. ageist,
  7. agelaus,
  8. ageless,
  9. agelessly,
  10. agelong

Origin of ageism

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

Related formsage·ist, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ageist

ageism

agism

/ (ˈeɪdʒɪzəm) /

noun

discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly
Derived Formsageist or agist, adjective

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Word Origin and History for ageist

ageism

n.

"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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