[ vej-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm /


the beliefs or practices of a vegetarian.

Origin of vegetarianism

First recorded in 1850–55; vegetarian + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for vegetarianism

/ (ˌvɛdʒɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm) /


the principle or practice of excluding all meat and fish, and sometimes, in the case of vegans, all animal products (such as eggs, cheese, etc) from one's diet
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Medical definitions for vegetarianism

[ vĕj′ĭ-târē-ə-nĭz′əm ]


The practice of subsisting on a diet composed primarily or wholly of vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds, with or without eggs and dairy products.
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