Definition of feminist in English:

feminist

noun

  • A person who supports feminism.

    • ‘Mainstream media play a dominant role in the negative portrayal of feminists.’
    • ‘The second part of that equation seems to have been abandoned by feminists early on.’
    • ‘The first protests by feminists were against how the nationalists defined the role of women.’
    • ‘The reaction to that on the part of male and female feminists is to stop thinking.’
    • ‘In more recent years, there has been a softening of the attitudes of feminists towards quantitative research.’
    • ‘She makes the personal into art long before feminists came to call it political.’
    • ‘The personal is political all right - but not quite in the way feminists once thought.’
    • ‘Melanie points out that today's feminists are still grappling with the questions of the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘Of course, feminism and feminists have changed with the times, but the image is still of the seventies.’
    • ‘It is also assumed that the only possible reaction feminists can have to nationalism is rejection.’
    • ‘It is a festival that feminists would love to strike out completely from the history of a nation.’
    • ‘The other aspect to note is that it appears the goals of feminists on both sides of the globe are the same.’
    • ‘Equality feminists minimize the political significance of the biological attributes of women.’
    • ‘Modern feminists don't want to trade in their femininity for drab power suits and a brief case.’
    • ‘The comments drew a mixed reaction from feminists and women writers.’
    • ‘There's a bit of a debate going on in feminist blogging circles about feminists, women and the left.’
    • ‘If it is the latter, the French feminists who support the ban have a point.’
    • ‘A feminist is simply someone that supports true equality, and many men are feminists.’
    • ‘For most feminists, and for the public, feminism had come to mean the vote for women and little more.’
    • ‘What are we as British feminists doing to support the right of all women to freedom from violence?’

adjective

  • Relating to or supporting feminism.

    ‘feminist literature’
    • ‘Some write feminist theology, take a stand and publicly speak out, not mincing words.’
    • ‘This collection of essays brings together a number of major feminist critics of early modern literature.’
    • ‘Something else is going on, as a number of feminist scholars have indicated.’
    • ‘Where can feminist activism lead us to in our quest for a more gender-democratic society?’
    • ‘I am still learning about this, so I am not an authority on feminist intellectualism.’
    • ‘Many women today, we are assured by feminist commentators, are choosing not to get married.’
    • ‘Feminist scholars have pointed out how many women in scripture go without names.’
    • ‘Jones says he was a bit puzzled by feminist critics who took the film to task for being misogynist.’
    • ‘She was part of the early feminist movement and I had no idea what feminism was.’
    • ‘She was in a car with a male friend and his new girlfriend, a moderately well-known feminist theorist.’
    • ‘In it, she examined the kinds of arguments heard to support and attack feminist positions.’
    • ‘Wilkinson does not argue that focus groups or indeed any method can be described as inherently feminist.’
    • ‘A few women gave explicitly feminist reasons for going to university.’
    • ‘His greatest affair was with the mathematician and pioneering feminist Emilie du Chatelet.’
    • ‘She is currently completing a book chapter on feminist theory and cyberculture.’
    • ‘Already, feminist art history has moved on, sceptical of the way that artistic fame depends on biography.’
    • ‘Like many contemporary feminist thinkers, Winterson is alive to the power of fairy tales.’
    • ‘She introduced me to a lot of feminist theory that I never really thought about until then.’
    • ‘The process was given a moral purpose by the language of the feminist movement.’
    • ‘Her women are not feminist case studies but microcosms of the complex rules and regulations that govern such states.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from French féministe, from Latin femina woman.

Pronunciation:

feminist

/ˈfemənəst/