[ spee-shee-ziz-uh m, -see-ziz- ]
/ ˈspi ʃiˌzɪz əm, -siˌzɪz- /
discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans.
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Sometimes spe·cism [spee-siz-uh m] /ˈspi sɪz əm/.
OTHER WORDS FROM speciesismspe·cies·ist, spe·cist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for speciesism
/ (ˈspiːʃiːzˌɪzəm) /
a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted
Derived forms of speciesismspeciesist, adjective
Word Origin for speciesism
C20: from species + -ism
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