Meaning of alphabetism in English:


Pronunciation /ˈalfəbɛˌtɪz(ə)m/ /ˈalfəbɪˌtɪz(ə)m/


  • 1Representation of spoken sounds by means of letters.

  • 2US Prejudice or discrimination resulting from a person's position on a (notional) alphabetical list; specifically discrimination against people whose names begin with letters from the latter part of the alphabet.

    Originally after racism, etc.: see the etymology.


Mid 19th century (in an earlier sense). From alphabet + -ism, in sense 2 after French alphabétisme.