speciesism

speciesism

[spee-shee-ziz-uhm, -see-ziz-]
noun
discrimination in favor of one species, usually the human species, over another, especially in the exploitation or mistreatment of animals by humans.
Sometimes, specism [spee-siz-uhm] .


Origin:
1970–75; species + -ism

speciesist, specist, adjective, noun
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speciesism (ˈspiːʃiːzˌɪzəm)
 
n
a belief of humans that all other species of animals are inferior and may therefore be used for human benefit without regard to the suffering inflicted
 
[C20: from species + -ism]
 
'speciesist
 
adj

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