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beard +‎ -ism


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

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