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[ih-gal-i-tair-ee-uh n] /ɪˌgæl ɪˈtɛər i ən/
asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.
a person who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.
Origin of egalitarian
1880-85; alteration of equalitarian with French égal replacing equal
Related forms
egalitarianism, noun
antiegalitarian, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for egalitarian
  • My natural tendency is to think of kids as more or less egalitarian up to a certain age.
  • Initially America was a much more egalitarian place, a republic founded against the notion of royalty.
  • The narrative is respectful and egalitarian, with the clear intent of valuing no one people over another.
  • You can accuse me of elitism, if you like, and adopt whatever egalitarian pose you like.
  • Some professors are very hierarchal, others try to be more egalitarian.
  • By contrast, just about any company can launch a Web site, making for a much more egalitarian rally.
  • For retailers old and new, the Web makes the process of finding and ordering books more egalitarian.
  • These supposedly egalitarian societies lived outside the law but didn't cling to their turf in the face of concerted pressure.
  • What seems to be missing is the egalitarian element.
British Dictionary definitions for egalitarian


of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality
an adherent of egalitarian principles
Derived Forms
egalitarianism, noun
Word Origin
C19: alteration of equalitarian, through influence of French égalequal
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Word Origin and History for egalitarian

1885, from French égalitaire, from Old French egalite, from Latin aequalitatem (see equality). The noun is 1920.

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