niggerism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

nigger +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

niggerism (countable and uncountable, plural niggerisms)

  1. (uncountable, dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Political support for black people.
    • 1976, William Fletcher Thompson, The History of Wisconsin
      Their black support confirmed the charge of "niggerism" and helped the Democrats turn the widespread Negrophobia to their account.
    • 1988, Philip M Seib, Who's in Charge?
      The spot quoted a Klan official saying, "In Alabama, we hate niggerism, Catholicism, and Judaism."
  2. (countable, dated, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur) Something characteristic of niggers.
    • 1970, Claude McKay, Banjo
      He loved their tricks of language, loved to pick up and feel and taste new words from their rich reservoir of niggerisms.
    • 1975, Daniel J Leab, From Sambo to Superspade: the Black experience in motion pictures
      But as it was, not until the 1940s did the industry begin to depart significantly from the stereotypes with their "insulting niggerisms"...

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