ashkenormative (ahsh-kuh-NOR-muh-tiv) listen


  • adj. Assuming that all Jews are Ashkenazi, not considering Jews with other backgrounds.

Example Sentences

  • "I like that synagogue, but the liturgy is way too Ashkenormative. Are there no Sephardic synagogues in this neighborhood?"

  • "Now you can dismiss your Litvak zeidie’s ignorant arrogance with a high-falutin’ put-down: Oh, he’s being Ashkenormative again." (source)

  • "Another day, another Buzzfeed Jewish-centric video. And much like their other chosen productions, it’s incredibly Ashkenormative." (source)

  • "art, music, food, and fashion derived from Mizrahi and Sephardic tradition — often overshadowed by “Ashkenormative” tendencies in New York and throughout the United States." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • English


  • A portmanteau of the Hebrew אשכנזי ashkenazi 'of Ashkenaz' (meaning, of Eastern European descent) and the English word normative

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger


      • North America
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • None

      Alternative Spellings

      Aschkenormative, Ashckenormative, Aschckenormative


  • Also n. Ashkenormativity.

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