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A name coined by vegans to refer to meat eaters. Where veganism is the philosophy that humans aren't better than animals and shouldn't be exploited, carnism is the philosophy that animals are inferior to humans and it's fine to eat them, test on them, use them for entertainment and the like.
"I'm really sad about how sea world is exploiting orcas."
"Stupid animals don't even know what's happening to them. Why should we care about animals? Pfft. Animals."
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Is someone who has been conditioned to believe that harming and exploiting certain animals (typically contingent on the specific culture one grew up in) isn't morally irresponsible. "Carnist" isn't intended to be a derogatory or pejorative term. "Carnist" stems from the term "carnism", a concept developed by Melanie Joy, PhD.

Carnism, similarly to veganism, describes the underlying ideology in which a person views their own relationship to animals (other than the human variety). Where veganism eschews arbitrary differences like intelligence and species in regards to moral consideration for sentient individuals, carnism relies on these and other arbitrary differences in order to rationalize the harming of certain other-than-human animals.

Carnist is most often used to refer to a person's eating habits but since veganism isn't about diet per se, carnism also isn't about diet per se and pertains to any form of exploitation upon other-than-human animals.
"Before I understood that there's no biological requirement for animal products in the human body, I was a carnist raised in the U.S. who ate animals like chickens, pigs, and aquatic animals because that's how I was raised. But of course, during that time in my life I frowned upon people who would eat even a single dog or a cat"
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Anyone who consumes animal flesh, including poultry, fish, red meat, and other subdivisions.
Julia didn't mind that her friend was a carnist, but when every meal they prepared included meat, she knew she had to leave.
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It defines a proponent of meat-eating and human consumption of animals in general. It'd be what meat-eaters would call themselves if they could only accept that their diet stems from a philosophy of speciecism and a belief that humans are superior to other sentient beings.

Given that meat eating it is a choice and not an actual necessity in civilised societies, carnism is a philosophy that seeks to defend carnists in their abject subjugation and oppression of non-human animals by justifying their decision and making animals appear as mere objects.
John: Fuck, I love me some bacon.

Mary: Please don't be such a carnist.

John: But I like BACON. What's a carnist anyway?

Mary: Someone who thinks that animals are meant to be eaten and feels no remorse for it.

John: But animals have to be eaten.

Mary: My point exactly.
by awesome vegan August 26, 2012
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Someone who works the carnival, as a career, or someone studying carnivalology.

This word is not about meat, aside from the plant eaters mistakenly using the word in a redundant fashion it ONLY refers to Carnivals and their workings.
This clown is a carnist as he spent his entire career in the carnival.
by purple hippo September 27, 2018
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Intended and coined by vegans as a pejorative term for those who consume a meat-based or meat-heavy diet, subsequently adopted as a badge of honor by some of those it targeted. Related to carnivore. Often paired with bloodmouthed for emphasis.
The bloodmouthed carnist lifestyle is definitely not animal-friendly; you don't kill and eat your friends.
by Werehatrack April 08, 2014
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A term applied to people who eat meat, usually by vegetarians attempting to feel superior
Moonchild: "UH! You're eating animal flesh?! What are you, a Carnist?"
Dave: "Uh, nope. Just eating a balanced diet of steak and vegetables."
Moonchild: "Civilised societies don't NEED to eat meat."
Dave: "Civilised societies don't NEED to be condescending either. Ghandi was a vegan, and he tried to change the world by being a humble example, not a smug, whiny twat. Besides, I eat all natural food, you eat vegetables and a bunch of pills. We're not meant to sustain ourselves with pills from a bottle."
Moonchild: "Murderer!"
Dave: "You're right. Prepare to die and be eaten."
by JK Trolling April 16, 2014
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