Someone who has the option to be nutritiously fed by non meat, non dairy etc products (due to the large options of various vegetables avaliable in supermarket), but now feels somehow righteous in proclaiming that this is a more humane option that eating meat due to a prevaling ignorance of human evolutionary history. For our ancestors, eating meat was not so much as a choice as a necessity - hence large amounts of energy spent on 'hunting' rather that the hardly sustainable 'gathering' of amounts of semi-nutritious vegetables etc of many pre-agricultural societies. It was almost impossible to eat enough veggies to survive. Extended hunting was not wasted energy, and undoubtably because of this, your ancestors were not vegan, as they would not survive long on the limited benefits of this diet (i.e. not long enough to reproduce...). Thus, vegans should never criticise their meat eating relatives, as, without these people, the 'option' of veganism would not exist, as no human would be around to have this choice. Of course you can still be vegan, but this is because of a history of eating meat and not as a workable substitute to it.
Vegan: The exploitation of animals for food is anachronistic, and veganism is clearly healthier, kinder, a better way of life etc.

More 'objective' thinker: Yeah, you can be vegan - but get some historical perspective! Veganism is only really a choice in contemporary societies. Ok i'm conscious and can reflect upon my decisions, but more so i am an animal, and don't just eat meant for irrational reasons - it offers long term benefits! Like still being around today...
by A-S June 15, 2004
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Someone who slaughters and kills fruits, and vegetables.
The poor carrot had no chance.
by Alfonzo February 11, 2004
People who refrain from eating any animal products (or anything derived from animal products) or using animal products such as leather, silk, or wool. It is a more strict form of vegetarianism. People who are vegan are often passionate about their veganism.
The American Dietetic Association continues to assert that a vegan diet is a healthy diet.
by Anonymous July 20, 2003
Somebody who abstains from consuming products derived from the exploitation of animal life.
When asked why she was vegan and abstained from drinking milk, Mary explained that cows are severely confined, artificially inseminated and shot up with numerous hormones in order to produce milk on commercial dairy farms - something she wished not to contribute to.
by two-forty June 14, 2002
Veganism is a diet that obstains from any animal products (meat) or bi-products (i.e. eggs, milk, wool, leather, etc).

Most people will assume that because you follow a vegan lifestyle, you must be a pretentious jerk (or in a cult). This is NOT always the case (although you do have your exceptions that give the rest of us a bad name).

Being vegan doesn't mean you have to be a part of any organization (i.e. PETA) or chain yourself up and protest. It just means that you choose to follow a 100% herbivore diet for whatever reason. Choosing to be vegan for diet purposes or animal rights purposes doesn't matter, as long as you're doing it because YOU want to.

If you do it correctly you DO NOT GET SICK and you DO NOT NEED SUPPLIMENTS in order to be healthy and happy. :-.)
*At a "mixed" bbq party* (Who would have thought vegans dine with meat-eaters? Yes, it's true, we do! OMG!)

John: Would you like to try some teriyaki steak tips?

Jane: No, thanks, I'm vegan. I would love it if you could pass me the tofu fritters though.

John: No, problem. *passes fritters*

THE WORLD CONITNUES UNINTERRUPTED AND NOBODY NEEDS TO STAND ON A SOAP BOX AND BELITTLE EACH OTHER. AWESOME.
by vgnxxx December 30, 2005
Someone who abstains from the use of animal products, hides or meat.
Joe - Try on these leather shoes.

Vegan - No thanks man. I'm a vegan.I don't believe in the killing of animals for the use of their hide, or any other purpose.
by Scott March 29, 2005
A person who out of respect or compassion for animals, the environment, creation, or their own self, has chosen to eliminate animal products including, but not limited to, meat, dairy, eggs, honey, leather and wool from their lives. Often reviled by society, they are a committed group, who put ethics and love before the dictates of their taste buds or tradition. Vegans often cross-identify as radicals, pacifists, hippies and new age spiritiualists.
Moby is a vegan; Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian.
by Jennifer L. Howell July 19, 2003
1: someone who abstains not only from eating meat, but also milk, eggs, and anything else derived from animals.
Note: Not to be confused with a Nazivegan, who follows a vegan diet but flaunts one's veganhood over everyone else as if it is somehow morally superior. Kinda like saying that a gazelle is morally superior to a lion because the lion is a carnivore, you know? They're not better than each other; just different.
'I made sure I had veggie patties and vegetable shishkabobs on hand at my barbecue because some of the people I invited are vegans.'
by veeeeeeeeeegan May 08, 2003

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