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Definition of Egalitarianism

(noun) The principle that all people in a society have the same fundamental worth and should have equal civil, economic, and political rights.

Example of Egalitarianism

  • Equal access to education and health care independent of place of birth or wealth.

Egalitarianism Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: e·gal·i·tar·i·an·ism

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /i-ga-luh-tAIR-ee-uh-niz-uhm/
  • British English – /i-ga-li-tEUH-riuh-ni-zuhm/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /iˌgæləˈtɛriəˌnɪzəm/
  • British English – /ɪˌgælɪˈteərɪənɪz(ə)m/

Usage Notes

  • Also called equalitarianism.
  • Interpretations of this term include equality of economic resources, equality opportunity, equality of outcomes, and equality of power.
  • An (noun) egalitarian believes in an (adjective) egalitarian society.

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Works Consulted

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

O’Leary, Zina. 2007. The Social Science Jargon Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Know. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Cite the Definition of Egalitarianism

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “egalitarianism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 3, 2022 (https://sociologydictionary.org/egalitarianism/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

egalitarianism. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/egalitarianism/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “egalitarianism.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 3, 2022. https://sociologydictionary.org/egalitarianism/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“egalitarianism.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 3 Oct. 2022. <https://sociologydictionary.org/egalitarianism/>.