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white man's burden

noun

Definition of white man's burden

  1. :  the alleged duty of the white peoples to manage the affairs of the less developed nonwhite peoples



Origin and Etymology of white man's burden

“The White Man's Burden” (1899), poem by Rudyard Kipling


First Known Use: 1900

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