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Coined around 1800 from equality +‎ -arian.


equalitarian (comparative more equalitarian, superlative most equalitarian)

  1. (dated) Characterized by social equality and equal rights for all people.
    Synonym: egalitarian
    • 1938, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], Homage to Catalonia[1], London: Secker & Warburg:
      Later it became the fashion to decry the militias, and therefore to pretend that the faults which were due to lack of training and weapons were the result of the equalitarian system. Actually, a newly raised draft of militia was an undisciplined mob not because the officers called the privates 'Comrade' but because raw troops are always an undisciplined mob.
    • 1957, "The Queen's Husband," Time, 21 Oct.:
      In the increasingly equalitarian Britain of the postwar years, Britain's monarchy found itself subject to a questioning, scarcely articulated, of the utility of an expensive royal household.

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equalitarian (plural equalitarians)

  1. (dated) A person who accepts or promotes the view of equalitarianism.
    Synonym: egalitarian