asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.
a person who adheres to egalitarian beliefs.
Contemporary Examples

This egalitarian impulse was in part driven by people returning from WW II and Korea, many of whom benefited from the GI Bill.
In the Future We’ll All Be Renters: America’s Disappearing Middle Class Joel Kotkin August 9, 2014

The seventies were an anti-authoritarian or at least egalitarian period.
Eric Asimov Talks About New Book “How to Love Wine” Sophie Menin October 19, 2012

In an egalitarian marriage, every aspect of home life is open to renegotiation.
One Reason Women Stay Home: Because It’s Easier on Everyone Megan McArdle March 17, 2013

The egalitarian rule-follower is merely expedient, but the loyal person will go to the wall for you.
Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness Stephen T. Asma December 6, 2012

At the same time, she was dating an Indian man who seemed open to an egalitarian partnership.
New Feminists: Young, Multicultural, Strategic, and Looking Out for Each Other Gail Sheehy February 25, 2013

Historical Examples

Serbs, Bosnians and Croats divided the loot with the loftiest of egalitarian instincts.
After the Rain Sam Vaknin

Indeed, there was something in the very crudity of his social compliment that smacked, strangely enough, of that egalitarian soil.
What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton

Spacers and natives labored together, to lend an impression of egalitarian cooperation under the autocracy of the officer class.
The Ties That Bind Walter Miller

Most work beyond the primary work of agriculture was guarded by the egalitarian vigilance of the Guilds.
A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton

But though it tended to be egalitarian it did not, of itself, tend to be humanitarian.
A Short History of England G. K. Chesterton

of, relating to, or upholding the doctrine of the equality of mankind and the desirability of political, social, and economic equality
an adherent of egalitarian principles

1885, from French égalitaire, from Old French egalite, from Latin aequalitatem (see equality). The noun is 1920.


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