Definition of egalitarian in English:

egalitarian

adjective

  • Believing in or based on the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities:

    ‘a fairer, more egalitarian society’
    • ‘Would you say that your struggle is for an egalitarian society?’
    • ‘In Europe it was conceived as an authentically humane and egalitarian socialist society.’
    • ‘Other studies show a close relation between a more egalitarian social ethos and closer community relations.’
    • ‘Burns was a great admirer of the egalitarian ethos behind the French Revolution.’
    • ‘Membership was open to anyone, not because of egalitarian principles but through financial necessity.’
    • ‘This probably reflects a primitive form of egalitarian society.’
    • ‘Sure, there were times when Australia was definitely a much more economically egalitarian society.’
    • ‘He contrasts British and American practices, and shows that American law reflected the values of a more egalitarian society.’
    • ‘They'll enjoy truly egalitarian marriages, sharing both the responsibility and the reward that comes with caring for others.’
    • ‘The old egalitarian ideal of striving to improve equality of outcome seems to be entirely absent.’
    • ‘In the past, the ruling elite has deliberately promoted the myth of an egalitarian society.’
    • ‘My aim, in this lecture, is to discuss this kind of egalitarian reasoning.’
    • ‘To date, these welfare states have generated prosperous, relatively egalitarian societies.’
    • ‘But he tells us later that Scotland is no more egalitarian than large tracts of England and Wales.’
    • ‘A profoundly humanitarian and egalitarian person, identification with the oppressed was at the core of her being.’
    • ‘He bluntly declared that egalitarian notions must be abandoned.’
    • ‘I think the union movement has to come to terms with that and build a base to say that we want an egalitarian society again.’
    • ‘The egalitarian ideals of this communal society place loyalty to family and religion above all.’
    • ‘One of the distinctive qualities of Scots and Welsh politics has always been their egalitarian tradition.’
    • ‘That is not the kind of egalitarian base on which Australians would want to see their taxation system working.’
    fair, just
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noun

  • A person who advocates or supports the principle of equality for all people:

    ‘he was a social and political egalitarian’
    • ‘Pluralistic egalitarians do not have equality as their only goal; they also admit other values and principles - above all the principle of welfare, according to which it is better when people are doing better.’
    • ‘To the extent that egalitarians are sincere and consistent in the embrace of their principles, this counts against the charge that their occurrent motivation is envy.’
    • ‘Power is best thought of as running along a dimension that shapes all human interactions and social structures, with egalitarians at one end and dominators at the other.’
    • ‘The fact that egalitarian economic policies have no obvious correlation with per capita GDP within Europe or the Commonwealth makes a strong impression on egalitarians in those countries.’
    • ‘It's about equality, egalitarians will be pleased to know.’
    • ‘Again, the economics of redistribution is unimportant for many egalitarians.’
    • ‘I suspect that one reason coercive egalitarians feel that ‘the disadvantaged’ deserve government support is that the scheme demeans and exploits them, so that the assistance is a sort of compensation.’
    • ‘If the norm of equality does not match our considered judgments after wide reflection, we should be content to be instrumental egalitarians if we are determined to be egalitarians at all.’
    • ‘So there's a sinister cabal of egalitarians who have infiltrated the higher echelons of the Government, all wanting to give equality a go, but too scared to tell anyone.’
    • ‘Labour's long-term supporters, ethical socialists, public service workers, egalitarians and anti-monarchists, trade unionists and pacifists, were harder to deal with.’
    • ‘This conservative reaction put latter-day egalitarians on the defensive, scrambling for some redefinition of purpose.’
    • ‘The first is that he is a radical egalitarian.’
    • ‘This ideologically diverse group is made up of cultural pessimists, environmentalists, traditionalists, egalitarians, and technophobes.’
    • ‘Yet, such a stance is exactly correct and it is shared, to some extent, almost by everybody, including the ardent egalitarians.’
    • ‘There is no arguing with a radical egalitarian on that point, so I won't.’
    • ‘Hence liberal egalitarians favour taxing free exchanges in order to compensate the naturally and socially disadvantaged.’
    • ‘I'm quite the egalitarian when it comes to my fellow human beings.’
    • ‘Given this shared commitment to material equality, do socialists and liberal egalitarians share the same account of justice?’
    • ‘Plainly Australians have not been thorough egalitarians, but they have been egalitarians in their own way.’
    • ‘He further remarked that Americans were fierce egalitarians who, despite differences of income and status, refused to bow and scrape before anybody.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

egalitarian

/ɪˌɡalɪˈtɛːrɪən/