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e·gal·i·tar·i·an

 (ĭ-găl′ĭ-târ′ē-ən)
adj.
Affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, and civil rights for all people.

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

e·gal′i·tar′i·an n.
e·gal′i·tar′i·an·ism n.

egalitarian

(ɪˌɡælɪˈtɛərɪən)
adj
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality
n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an adherent of egalitarian principles
[C19: alteration of equalitarian, through influence of French égal equal]
eˌgaliˈtarianˌism n

e•gal•i•tar•i•an

(ɪˌgæl ɪˈtɛər i ən)

adj.
1. asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, esp. in political, economic, or social life.
n.
2. one who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.
[1880–85; alter. of equalitarian with French égal replacing equal]
e•gal`i•tar′i•an•ism, n.

egalitarian

Believing in or promoting equal political, social, and economic rights for all people.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.egalitarian - a person who believes in the equality of all people
moralist - a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems
elitist - someone who believes in rule by an elite group
Adj.1.egalitarian - favoring social equality; "a classless society"
democratic - characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality; "democratic government"; "a democratic country"; "a democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords"- George du Maurier

egalitarian

adjective equal, just, fair, equable I believe in the notion of an egalitarian society.
Translations

egalitarian

[ɪˌgælɪˈtɛərɪən] ADJigualitario

egalitarian

[ɪˌgælɪˈtɛərɪən] adjégalitaire

egalitarian

adjegalitär; an egalitarian relationship between teacher and studentseine gleichberechtigte Beziehung zwischen Lehrer und Schülern
nVerfechter(in) m(f)des Egalitarismus

egalitarian

[ɪˌgælɪˈtɛərɪən] adjegualitario/a
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The New Egalitarians are focused on eliminating inequality predicated on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other identifying characteristics of traditionally disadvantaged groups.
Wilentz's argument is provocatively straightforward: It takes effective, knowledgeable political leaders (elites)--more than social movements and their inspiring egalitarians (reformers)--to reduce inequality in America.
He offers his book as a source for making sense of American political history, a history which can be understood as the fitful chronicle of the politicians and the egalitarians and of the fateful occasions when their labors converged--the Progressive Era, the New Deal, and the Great Society--all achieved by and through the political parties.
Elitists and egalitarians are equally susceptible to evaluating people in ways that reinforce their beliefs, said Aquino.
But Reynolds's analysis will hardly persuade today's egalitarians to alter their policy goals of higher taxes and more regulations, because they regard any income inequality as morally suspect if not outright offensive.
It is often taken for granted that egalitarians value a completely equal distribution at any moment in time of whatever it is that they believe should be distributed equally.
Critics of desert-egalitarianism of course worry that egalitarians have gone so far down this path that no one is responsible for anything--that everything is attributable to luck--and desert is thus rendered empty, irrelevant, even incoherent.
The notion of desert, however, appears to be anathema to many egalitarians.
Differences in individual achievement, which most of us believe at least partially reflect differences in intellect and talent, are attributed by the egalitarians solely to differences in opportunity.
This Christian understanding is directly connected to human reason, and to the natural God-given moral law, of which egalitarians know nothing, but which is recognized by the old traditional religions of Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, and, yes, Judaism.
Yes, this does require that egalitarians be the "loyal opposition," publicly backing the winner in primaries because the Democratic coalition is always better than the Republican one.
Egalitarians such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Hays hoped to attack the existing foundations of society and establish innovative ways of structuring social and gender relations.