What does vegetarianism mean?

Definitions for vegetarianismˌvɛdʒ ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vegetarianism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vegetarianism(noun)

    a diet excluding all meat and fish


  1. vegetarianism(Noun)

    The practice of following a vegetarian diet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vegetarianism(noun)

    the theory or practice of living upon vegetables and fruits


  1. Vegetarianism

    Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat – red meat, poultry, seafood and the flesh of any other animal; it may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter, such as animal-derived rennet and gelatin. Vegetarianism can be adopted for different reasons. Many object to eating meat out of respect for sentient life. Such ethical motivations have been codified under various religious beliefs, along with the concept of animal rights. Other motivations for vegetarianism are health-related, political, environmental, cultural, aesthetic or economic. There are varieties of the diet as well: an ovo-vegetarian diet includes eggs but not dairy products, a lacto-vegetarian diet includes dairy products but not eggs, and an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet includes both eggs and dairy products. A vegan, or strict vegetarian, diet excludes all animal products, including eggs, dairy, beeswax and honey. Vegans also avoid animal products such as leather for clothing and goose-fat for shoe polish. Various packaged or processed foods, including cake, cookies, candies, chocolate, yogurt and marshmallows, often contain unfamiliar animal ingredients, and may be a special concern for vegetarians due to the likelihood of such additions. Often, products are reviewed by vegetarians for animal-derived ingredients prior to purchase or consumption. Vegetarians vary in their feelings regarding these ingredients, however. For example, while some vegetarians may be unaware of animal-derived rennet's role in the usual production of cheese and may therefore unknowingly consume the product, other vegetarians may not be bothered by its consumption. The results of a 2009 International survey suggest the standard definition of vegetarianism is different in different nations. Vegetarians in some nations consume more animal products than those in others.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetarianism in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vegetarianism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sir Robert Hutchinson:

    Vegetarianism is harmless enough, though it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness.

  2. Sir Robert Hutchison:

    Vegetarianism is harmless enough, although it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness.

  3. William Ralph Inge:

    It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

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