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Line breaks: egali|tar¦ian
Pronunciation: /ɪˌɡalɪˈtɛːrɪən

Definition of egalitarian in English:


Believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities: a fairer, more egalitarian society
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  • This probably reflects a primitive form of egalitarian society.
  • That is not the kind of egalitarian base on which Australians would want to see their taxation system working.
  • Sure, there were times when Australia was definitely a much more economically egalitarian society.


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A person who advocates or supports the principle of equality for all people: he was a social and political egalitarian
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  • Labour's long-term supporters, ethical socialists, public service workers, egalitarians and anti-monarchists, trade unionists and pacifists, were harder to deal with.
  • This ideologically diverse group is made up of cultural pessimists, environmentalists, traditionalists, egalitarians, and technophobes.
  • Given this shared commitment to material equality, do socialists and liberal egalitarians share the same account of justice?


late 19th century: from French égalitaire, from égal 'equal', from Latin aequalis (see equal).



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  • In its egalitarianism, democracy was just, and it encouraged widespread decency in social relations.
  • Yet the forces of globalization clearly make it harder for Sweden to maintain its egalitarianism.
  • There is time to turn back this tide before our commitment as a nation to egalitarianism and fairness is lost for ever.

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