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feminism

[fem-uh-niz-uh m] /ˈfɛm əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.
2.
(sometimes initial capital letter) an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women.
3.
feminine character.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French féminisme; see feminine, -ism
Related forms
feminist, noun, adjective
antifeminism, noun
profeminism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for feminism

feminism

/ˈfɛmɪˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
a doctrine or movement that advocates equal rights for women
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Word Origin and History for feminism
n.

1851, "state of being feminine;" sense of "advocacy of women's rights" is 1895, from French féminisme (1837); see feminine + -ism.

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feminism in Culture

feminism definition


The doctrine — and the political movement based on it — that women should have the same economic, social, and political rights as men. (See under “Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology.”)

feminism definition


A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men. (See women's movement.)

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