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egalitarian

[ih-gal-i-tair-ee-uh n] /ɪˌgæl ɪˈtɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.
noun
2.
a person who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.
Origin of egalitarian
1880-1885
1880-85; alteration of equalitarian with French égal replacing equal
Related forms
egalitarianism, noun
antiegalitarian, adjective
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  • Serbs, Bosnians and Croats divided the loot with the loftiest of egalitarian instincts.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Indeed, there was something in the very crudity of his social compliment that smacked, strangely enough, of that egalitarian soil.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Spacers and natives labored together, to lend an impression of egalitarian cooperation under the autocracy of the officer class.

    The Ties That Bind Walter Miller
  • Most work beyond the primary work of agriculture was guarded by the egalitarian vigilance of the Guilds.

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
  • But though it tended to be egalitarian it did not, of itself, tend to be humanitarian.

    A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for egalitarian

egalitarian

/ɪˌɡælɪˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality
noun
2.
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
adj.

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

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