Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people.

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  • adj. Characterized by social equality and equal rights for all people.
  • n. A person who accepts or promotes social equality and equal rights for all people.

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  • adj. favoring social equality
  • n. a person who believes in the equality of all people

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From French égalitaire, from égalité, equality, from Latin aequālitās, from aequālis, equal; see equal.

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From French égalitaire +‎ -ian

Examples

  • Only if one makes the dubious assumption of a certain egalitarian ethical outlook must a relatively high coefficient be justified.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Venezuela

  • They are still stuck believing in egalitarian fantasies and clean consciousness.

    Matthew Yglesias » Endgame

  • In fact, as lacking in egalitarian spirit as it may sound, the rigid reciprocity you assume is not entirely mandatory in these situations because the act is really quite enjoyable for both parties.

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  • These cultures were not usually warlike (except in dire circumstances) and have been described as egalitarian because there was little hierarchy, even in terms of gender.

    Elizabeth Debold: What Do Women Want? Again...

  • I think the real problem is that certain sectors of the Left have taken the idea of egalitarian universalism and “tolerance” so far as to invite political, cultural and economic suicide.

    African-American Homophobia May Explain Why California Voted For Proposition 8

  • Grim, sure, but true - not to mention ruthlessly egalitarian, which is why people rarely lob the P-word at those whose answer to life is, "Who knows?"

    Why I love Carolyn Hax

  • Does that make the idea of egalitarian eroticism make more sense?

    Bondage and Patriarchy

  • If Colonial society is egalitarian - in other words, if a person's gender doesn't narrow their choices in life - then we should be seeing something close to gender parity in that society's institutions.

    Dear Ronald D. Moore: Scattered Thoughts at the End of Battlestar Galactica's Summer Season

  • These two types are what Buchanan terms egalitarian networks and aristocratic networks.

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  • Brian Barry, who has died at 73, had a political philosophy "best … described as egalitarian liberalism - the view that, along with protecting traditional liberal freedoms, the 'just' state must promote economic redistribution from rich to poor and provide equality of access to public services."

    University Diaries

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  • this-consonant; more-(v)o(r)'wellian perhaps? moi aussi! mossy?

    October 11, 2012

  • Isn't there a "more vowels than consonants" list somewhere?

    August 20, 2009

  • ... there should be a tag for that. I never noticed.

    August 20, 2009

  • I like it for its high syllable/letter ratio.

    August 20, 2009

  • Have just noticed first that I like this word quite a bit more than I thought I did; second, that the reason is it's linked in form and so in feeling with words like 'elegant'.

    August 20, 2009