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ageism

[ey-jiz-uh m] /ˈeɪ dʒɪz əm/
noun
1.
discrimination against persons of a certain age group.
2.
a tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; age + -ism, on the model of sexism, racism, etc.
Related forms
ageist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ageist

ageism

/ˈeɪdʒɪzəm/
noun
1.
discrimination against people on the grounds of age; specifically, discrimination against the elderly
Derived Forms
ageist, agist, adjective
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ageism

n.

"discrimination against people based on age," coined 1969 by U.S. gerontologist Dr. Robert N. Butler, from age + -ism, on pattern of racism, sexism. Related: Ageist.

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