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The belief in the intrinsic superiority of the human species over all others, often accompanied by an assumption that human beings are therefore justified in exploiting non-human animals for their own advantage. Compare ableism, ageism, ethnocentrism, fattism, heterosexism, racism, sexism. speciesist n.

1 One who advocates or practises speciesism. adj.

2 Of or relating to speciesism. [Coined from species on the model of racism]

Subjects: Psychology — Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

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