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sexism

[ sek-siz-uhm ]
/ ˈsɛk sɪz əm /
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noun
attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of gender roles: the underlying sexism in the marketing of dolls to girls and trucks to boys;Her husband saw their home life through a lens of sexism, and never once offered to help with the housework or the kids.
discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex or gender, as in restricted job opportunities, especially such discrimination directed against women: The investigation found that women face a culture of hostility and sexism.
ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against women: The idea that women are inferior to men is sexism at its purest.
hatred, dislike, or mistrust of women; misogyny.
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Origin of sexism

1965–70; sex + -ism, on the model of racism

historical usage of sexism

See misogyny.

OTHER WORDS FROM sexism

an·ti·sex·ism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sexism

sexism
/ (ˈsɛksɪzəm) /

noun
discrimination on the basis of sex, esp the oppression of women by men

Derived forms of sexism

sexist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for sexism

C20: from sex + -ism, on the model of racism
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Cultural definitions for sexism (1 of 2)

sexism

The belief that one sex (usually the male) is naturally superior to the other and should dominate most important areas of political, economic, and social life. Sexist discrimination in the United States in the past has denied opportunities to women in many spheres of activity. Many allege that it still does. (See also affirmative action, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, glass ceiling, and National Organization for Women.)

Cultural definitions for sexism (2 of 2)

sexism

The belief that one sex (usually the male) is naturally superior to the other and should dominate most important areas of political, economic, and social life.

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