beardism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

beard +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

beardism (uncountable)

  1. (rare) Prejudice against bearded people.
    • 2001, Allan Peterkin, One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair (page 147)
      Meanwhile, early in 2001, the Equal Opportunities Branch of Britain's Home Office conducted "sensitivity groups" whose members were asked to note their "beardism" (i.e., beard-racism), or negative associations to facial hair.
    • 2013, Janet Trewin, Presenting on TV and Radio: An insider's guide
      When the Americans first took me on there was great debate about it. They thought it might be seen as shifty or untrustworthy. They said, 'Oh he's got a beard!'; 'Well, maybe it's a European thing'; 'Oh hey, that's OK then'. Beardism is rampant.
  2. (rare, dated, nonce word) The period during which one has a beard.
    • 1846, William Hughes, The three students of Gray's Inn (page 172)
      the incipient horse guardsman — a tall hobbledehoy just budding into gooseberry beardism
  3. (rare, dated, nonce word) Support for beards; a favourable opinion of beards.
    • 1844, William North, ‎Benjamin Disraeli (Earl of Beaconsfield), Anti-Coningsby; or, The new generation grown old
      arguments [] neither wholly for, nor yet entirely against the propagation of beardism