What does sexism mean?

Definitions for sexism
ˈsɛk sɪz əmsex·ism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sexismnoun

    discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of the opposite sex


  1. sexismnoun

    The belief that people of one sex or gender are inherently superior to people of the other sex or gender.

    The notion that either gender is smarter or stronger is sexism.

  2. sexismnoun

    Unfair treatment or discrimination based on a difference of sex or gender.

    The fact that there is only one woman in a management position in that company makes it easy to believe that sexism runs rampant there.

  3. sexismnoun

    Disadvantage or unequal opportunity arising from the cultural dominance of one gender over the other.

    In order to succeed in this company, women generally must acquire various masculine traits, which only points out the underlying sexism.

  4. sexismnoun

    Promotion or expectation or assumption of people to behave in accordance with or deviate from a gender role.

    Hollywood contributes to sexism in our society by making and promoting violent films for men and romantic comedies for women.


  1. Sexism

    Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on one's sex or gender. Sexism can affect anyone, but it primarily affects women and girls. It has been linked to stereotypes and gender roles, and may include the belief that one sex or gender is intrinsically superior to another. Extreme sexism may foster misogyny, sexual harassment, rape, and other forms of sexual violence. Gender discrimination may encompass sexism. This term is defined as discrimination toward people based on their gender identity or their gender or sex differences. Gender discrimination is especially defined in terms of workplace inequality. It may arise from social or cultural customs and norms.


  1. sexism

    Sexism is a form of discrimination or prejudice based on a person's gender or sex. It typically involves treating individuals differently, unfavorably, or less respectfully due to their biological or perceived gender. These attitudes can be institutionalized or systemic, often manifesting in bias, stereotyping, objectification, oppression, or violence. Though historically it has disproportionately affected women, sexism can target any gender.


  1. Sexism

    Sexism is prejudice or discrimination based on a person's sex. Sexist attitudes may stem from traditional stereotypes of gender roles, and may include the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other. A job applicant may face discriminatory hiring practices, or receive unequal compensation or treatment compared to that of their opposite-sex peers. Extreme sexism may foster sexual harassment, rape and other forms of sexual violence.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sexism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sexism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of sexism in a Sentence

  1. Antony Blinken:

    Because traffickers prey on those who are vulnerable, those who are less likely to have access to good jobs or educational opportunities, who are less likely to be treated as equal by place in the justice system and who are less likely to be believed when they report that they are being targeted or abused, if we're serious about ending trafficking of persons, we must also work to root out systemic racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination and to build more equitable society in every dimension.

  2. Philomena Wankenge:

    I don't care if I lose my life if that means my nieces and my nephews won't have to deal with someone invalidating them because of the color of their skin, it sounds extreme and it might sound dramatic to people, but as a black person every day that I wake up I could die. Especially as a black woman dealing with sexism and dealing with racism I'm combating double the trouble.

  3. John Bercow:

    I feel very strongly that our opposition to racism and to sexism, and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.

  4. Elizabeth Warren:

    You know, that is the trap question for women, if you say,' Yeah -- there was sexism in this race,' everyone says,' Whiner.' And if you say,' No, there was no sexism,' about a bazillion women think,' What planet do you live on ?'.

  5. Van Pelt:

    We are concerned about the never-ending narrative about 'electability' that seems to indicate that a candidate must be white and male to win, this notion has been knocked down repeatedly with the election of Barack Obama and, despite Russian interference and pervasive sexism, Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote in 2016.

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