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speciesism

[spee-shee-ziz-uh m, -see-ziz-] /ˈspi ʃiˌzɪz əm, -siˌzɪz-/
noun
1.
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-uh m] /ˈspi sɪz əm/ (Show IPA).
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75; species + -ism
Related forms
speciesist, specist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for specist

speciesism

/ˈspiːʃiːzˌɪzəm/
noun
1.
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
Derived Forms
speciesist, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from species + -ism
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Word Origin and History for specist

speciesism

n.

"discrimination against certain animals based on assumption of human superiority," first attested 1975 in Richard D. Ryder's "Victims of Science," from species + -ism.

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