- the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.
- Older Use. feminine character.
Origin of feminism
1840–45;Related formsfem·i·nist, noun, adjectivean·ti·fem·i·nism, nounpro·fem·i·nism, noun
< Latin fēmina
“woman” + English -ism
; 1890-95 for sense of “women's movement” (from feminist
, adjective); see feminine
; cf. French féminisme
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British Dictionary definitions for antifeminism
- a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women
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Word Origin and History for antifeminism
1851, "state of being feminine;" sense of "advocacy of women's rights" is 1895, from French féminisme (1837); see feminine + -ism.
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The doctrine — and the political movement based on it — that women should have the same economic, social, and political rights as men. (See under “Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.”)
A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men. (See women's movement.)
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