[klas-iz-uh m]


a biased or discriminatory attitude based on distinctions made between social or economic classes.
the viewing of society as being composed of distinct classes.

Origin of classism

First recorded in 1835–45; class + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the belief that people from certain social or economic classes are superior to others
Derived Formsclassist, adjective
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Word Origin and History for classism

"distinction of class," 1842, from class (n.) + -ism.

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