• (British) IPA: /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/


  1. (obsolete) The state of being feminine; femininity. [from 1851; less common after 1895]
    • 1875 July 24, The Medical Times and Gazette, volume II, page 105:
      His hair is delicate and silky, and of a light chesnut[sic]—one of M. Lorrain's signs of feminism.
  2. A social theory or political movement which argues that legal and social restrictions on women must be removed in order to bring about equality of the sexes in all aspects of public and private life.
    • 2017, John Oliver, “Confederacy”, in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, season 4, episode 26, written by Tim Carvell; Josh Gondelman; Dan Gurewitch; Jeff Maurer; Ben Silva; Will Tracy; Jill Twiss; Seena Vali; Julie Weiner, HBO, Warner Bros. Television:
      Ooh! “Even the ladies!” #feminism #confedera-she !
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