Discrimination, or the holding of irrational and prejudicial views about individuals or groups, based on their age. It involves stereotypical assumptions about a person's or group's physical or mental capacities and is often associated with derogatory language. Most commonly these are applied to the elderly. Organizations such as the Grey Panthers have emerged in the United States to combat discrimination against the elderly and to fight for their rights.

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  • ageism — ► NOUN ▪ prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of age. DERIVATIVES ageist adjective & noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • Ageism — Age|ism [ eidʒizm] der; <aus gleichbed. engl. ageism zu age »Alter«> Diskriminierung von alten Menschen (bes. die Bevorzugung junger Menschen gegenüber alten) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • ageism — [[t]e͟ɪʤɪzəm[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Ageism is unacceptable behaviour that occurs as a result of the belief that older people are of less value than younger people …   English dictionary

  • ageism — also agism noun Date: 1969 prejudice or discrimination against a particular age group and especially the elderly • ageist also agist adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary