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Variant of ageism.
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ageism, agism

discrimination on the basis of age, especially against older people.
See also: Age, Discrimination
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Noun1.agism - discrimination against middle-aged and elderly peopleagism - discrimination against middle-aged and elderly people
discrimination, favoritism, favouritism - unfair treatment of a person or group on the basis of prejudice
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Other impediments to youth involvement in formal political processes include systemic racism (for ethnic minority youth), agism, and classism.
Furthermore, the novel examines ageing discourses by recounting the ways in which Shyama's clients and friends ineffectively attempt to fight the passing of time, as they perceive ageing in negative terms; moreover, the novel suggests that "women are more affected by agism than men" (Falcus 2013: 19).
Agism is the stereotyping of and discrimination against individuals or groups based on their age (Swift, Abrams, Lamont, & Drury, 2017).
Nevertheless, in some other occasions, this early retirement could be a sign of the so-called "disablism" or disability discrimination in addition to the "agism" itself.