noun; analogy
prejudices or general characteristics associated with older people. Apparent Meaning: prejudices toward older people. Reason Used: it is much easier to refer to “ageisms” than to say “the prejudices or social ideas that people have toward older people”, especially when the term (or phrase) needs to be repeated as in a conversation about ageisms.
People treat older people differently. The blatant ageism really bothers me.
Etymology : Formed as an analogy to “sexism”
Source : my family
Last modified: 10 June 2008