[ih-kwol-i-tair-ee-uh n]


pertaining or adhering to the doctrine of equality among all people; egalitarian.


a person who adheres to the doctrine of equality among all people.

Origin of equalitarian

First recorded in 1790–1800; equalit(y) + -arian
Related formse·qual·i·tar·i·an·ism, nounpseu·do·e·qual·i·tar·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for equalitarianism

Historical Examples of equalitarianism

  • He warns America against paralleling the decadence of Rome (ibid., 25), suggesting a Rousseauistic equalitarianism.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Frank Luther Mott

British Dictionary definitions for equalitarianism


adjective, noun

a less common word for egalitarian
Derived Formsequalitarianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for equalitarianism



1799, in reference to the doctrine that all mankind are equal, from equality on model of humanitarian, etc.

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