klansman

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Etymology[edit]

klan +‎ -man

Noun[edit]

Klansmen marching in Washington, DC

klansman (plural klansmen)

  1. A man who is a member of the Ku Klux Klan
    • 1868, Robert Henry Newell, Smoked Glass, page 103:
      Klansmen — Behold the Deed without a name
    • 1900, Albert Bushnell Hart, American History Told by Contemporaries, page 851:
      The fact that nobody foresaw that Chill would blossom into a klansman does not alter the fact that the klansman is one of the flowers of our democracy.
  2. (offensive, slang) A very offensive term for a white person unrelated to the KKK or racist ideology

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