classism

[ klas-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈklæs ɪz əm /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. classified advertising,
  2. classifieds,
  3. classifier,
  4. classify,
  5. classis,
  6. classless,
  7. classmate,
  8. classon,
  9. classroom,
  10. classroom assistant

Origin of classism

First recorded in 1835–45; class + -ism

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British Dictionary definitions for classism

classism

/ (ˈklɑːsɪzəm) /

noun

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

classism

n.

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

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