sexism

[ sek-siz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɛk sɪz əm /

noun

attitudes or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of gender roles.
discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex or gender, as in restricted job opportunities, especially such discrimination directed against women.
ingrained and institutionalized prejudice against or hatred of women; misogyny.

Nearby words

  1. sexennial,
  2. sexercise,
  3. sexfoil,
  4. sexi-,
  5. sexiness,
  6. sexist,
  7. sexivalent,
  8. sexless,
  9. sexlessly,
  10. sexological

Origin of sexism

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

Related formsan·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 Formssexist, noun, adjective

Word Origin for sexism

C20: from sex + -ism, on the model of racism

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Word Origin and History for sexism

sexism

n.

1968; see sexist + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for sexism

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.)

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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