[ ih-gal-i-tair-ee-uh n ]
/ ɪˌgæl ɪˈtɛər i ən /


asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.


a person who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.

Nearby words

  1. eg.,
  2. egad,
  3. egadi,
  4. egads button,
  5. egal,
  6. egalitarianism,
  7. egas moniz,
  8. egbert,
  9. eger,
  10. egeria

Origin of egalitarian

1880–85; alteration of equalitarian with French égal replacing equal

Related formse·gal·i·tar·i·an·ism, nounan·ti·e·gal·i·tar·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for anti-egalitarian


/ (ɪˌɡælɪˈtɛərɪən) /


of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality


an adherent of egalitarian principles
Derived Formsegalitarianism, noun

Word Origin for egalitarian

C19: alteration of equalitarian, through influence of French égal equal

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Word Origin and History for anti-egalitarian



1885, from French égalitaire, from Old French egalite, from Latin aequalitatem (see equality). The noun is 1920.

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