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What does egalitarian mean?
Egalitarianism is a social and political philosophy promoting the equal status of all people. Something in line with this principle is described as egalitarian. Someone who espouses this principle of equality can be called an egalitarian.
How is egalitarian pronounced?[ ih-gal-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
What are other forms of egalitarian?
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Where does egalitarian come from?
The word egalitarian is derived from the French, based in a Latin root meaning “equal” and giving English that word.
A form of the word is famously associated with an Enlightenment-period motto of the French Revolution from the 1790s, that has since become the country’s national motto: Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, or “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.”
Egalitarian is recorded in English by the 1800s, with the noun form recorded by the early 1900s. While rooted in social philosophy, egalitarian has expanded to refer to anything that promotes the equality of all people. Egalitarian prayer, for instance, allows people of any faith to pray at a space even if they do not belong to a particular religion governing it, as at an area of the Western Wall in Israel.
While the word egalitarian has become generalized, it’s still very closely identified with egalitarianism. In general, this philosophy believes all people are by nature equal, and urges the equal treatment of people in all aspects of society, from law to social status.
Its core principle has helped it fuel a range of social revolutions in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Marxism, feminism, the civil rights movement, and the gay rights movements—each working to overcome inequalities based on class, gender, race, or sexuality. And oh, let’s not leave out Western democracy, founded as it is on notions of egalitarianism (as opposed to aristocracy).
How is egalitarian used in real life?
In terms of government, democracy is often identified as the most egalitarian form, based as it is on government by the people and the rule of law.
The growth of Hindutva is essentially a backlash of the upper castes against the egalitarian demands of democracy. Its main targets are anyone who stands in the way of the restoration of the Brahminical social order that places upper-caste men at the top.
— Priya Desai (@PriyaDesai1) August 20, 2018
Egalitarianism is focused on equality, not on special treatment or exceptions. Truly egalitarian movements demand equal rights and opportunities—and responsibilities and consequences.
More examples of egalitarian:
“The Lothagam North Pillar Site suggests egalitarian societies were capable of constructing large public monuments.”
—Brooks Hays, United Press International, August 2018
Example sentences from the Web for egalitarian
Americans pride themselves on an egalitarian society open to all.
This egalitarian impulse was in part driven by people returning from WW II and Korea, many of whom benefited from the GI Bill.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class|Joel Kotkin|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Capitalist, however corrupt; bureaucratic, however inefficient; egalitarian, however much we struggle for status and recognition.
The politics of class war are safely neutered by storylines that feature an egalitarian, uniting notion of decency.
It was just the right level of egalitarian comfort and locavorism that a post-crash populace needed.Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood’s Greatest Legacy|Jessica Dawson|November 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Serbs, Bosnians and Croats divided the loot with the loftiest of egalitarian instincts.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
But though it tended to be egalitarian it did not, of itself, tend to be humanitarian.
In the past, luxury goods and services have been considered superfluous and undesirable in an egalitarian socialist country.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Indeed, there was something in the very crudity of his social compliment that smacked, strangely enough, of that egalitarian soil.What I Saw in America|G. K. Chesterton
Most work beyond the primary work of agriculture was guarded by the egalitarian vigilance of the Guilds.