American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Discrimination based on age, especially prejudice against the elderly.
- n. The treating of a person or people differently from others based on assumptions or stereotypes relating to their age.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. discrimination against middle-aged and elderly people.
- n. discrimination against middle-aged and elderly people
“Robert Butler, who coined the word "ageism" and was the first director of the National Institute on Aging, used to tell the story of an old man who went to a doctor and complained about a pain in his right knee.”
“I have read that ageism is particularly problematic in IT, with some companies refusing to hire anyone over age 35!”
“Unfortunately, I have found that ageism is rampant, but particularly so in the fields of public relations, advertising, and social media, where I and my 40+ colleagues encounter it on a fairly regular basis.”
“So ageism is your rationale for taking the chance?”
“As with all the other “place-isms,” ageism is effectively an attempt to dismiss someone who is older as out of place with the unspoken implication that the oldster is somehow unsuitable because he or she refuses to accept the “customary” place.”
“He actually said that 72 was too old for a Freshman Senator, which to me sounded reasonable, until Forrester pointed out that ageism is wrong, and that Lautenberg, if elected, would be a 78 year old Freshman.”
“Her ageism is a misdirected bold strike at partisanship.”
“What is at work here is ageism, which is widespread in our society.”
“The National Pensioners Convention NPC is protesting against what it has described as ageism' by the BBC in not allowing a pensioners' rights campaigner to appear on the panel to address their concerns.”
“I think he may have been one of the first to suffer from what we now call ageism, and he was saddened by that.”
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