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SJW stands for "Social Justice Warrior", however its actual meaning has changed several times, and even now depends on context.

Originally the term was positive, with figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi being described as such when praised for their work in bringing justice and equality to oppressed groups. Examples of its use as a term of praise go back as far as 1824, and this continued to be the meaning of the term up until around 2011.

In 2011 several events, primarily Gamergate, led to the term becoming a pejorative. Many began to use the term to describe people who were overly sensitive and quick to insult anyone who said something they perceived as attacking or oppressing some group of people, even when it wasn't warranted. Basically, anyone who overreacted to a perceived slight against a person or group of people.

However, the term has continued to evolve. While the previous definition sometimes applies, it's now often used simply as an excuse to dismiss things other people say without having to think about them at all, regardless of whether or not they have a valid point. In other words, it's increasingly used as if it's a "get out of jail free" card for insulting entire groups of people. This watering down of the meaning is slowly turning the term into a meaningless insult.
Early: "The late Reverend King's work as a social justice warrior helped lead to the integration of all races in our schools today."

Mid: "All I said was that maybe she overreacted, and the SJW accused me of oppressing all women!"

Late: "She should get off YouTube and make me a sandwich. And before any of you SJWs complain, it's just a joke."
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Person 1:That guy raised the dead just to make a jazz band
Person 2:I guess he's an SJW
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Abbereviation for Social Justice Warrior. Typically a millennial, an SJW lives in a predominately white neighborhood while complaining on behalf of underrepresented minorities.

SJWs will endlessly post and re-post on social media, however when opportunity arises, they will choose not to leave the comfort of their couch, rather preferring to keep typing away. SJWs will always take the chance to guilt trip others to earn more “SJW points.”
Dude over there is a true SJW! He re-posted 3 messed up racist articles that came thru his feed.
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social justice warriors

people who get butthurt over the smallest insults and opinions over politics and controversial ideas usually against a certain race or group. they always feel the need to justify somebody due to a joke.
friend: last night i was at a party talking about what my type was and a sjw accused me of body shaming.
other friend: wow thats crazy
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An SJW (social justice warrior) is a person who adheres to neo-Marxism. Their ideology can be summed up as a mix of Nazism and Communism, where they advocate for complete state control, abolishment of capitalism, and equality of outcome (Communism) as well as blaming every societal ill on successful demographics which they deem evil and "privileged" (Nazism). SJWs hate males, Europeans, east Asian (men), heterosexuals, and Jews (among others). They believe that these demographics should be forced to serve less successful demographics (such as blacks, muslims, and females), who they claim are oppressed.

Subsets of this group include feminism (a female supremacist group centered around hating men, who they believe to be oppressing them) and "black lives matter" (a black supremacist ground centered around hating white people, who they believe to be oppressing them).
SJW: "I HATE WHITE CIS MALE SCUM! WE NEED TO EXTERMINATE THEM!"
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