herrenvolk

noun

her·​ren·​volk ˈher-ən-ˌfōk How to pronounce herrenvolk (audio)
-ˌfȯlk
often capitalized

Examples of herrenvolk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Within and outside of the United States there is often a stereotype that white Americans are an amorphous whole, a uniform herrenvolk who oppressed the black minority. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2011 For a party trapped in a personality cult and drunk on herrenvolk mythology, there can be no rest in the endless task of informing against and excluding the unworthy. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Dec. 2021 Fascism weaponizes identity, validating the herrenvolk and invalidating all the other folk. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, 22 June 2020

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Word History

Etymology

German

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of herrenvolk was in 1940

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“Herrenvolk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herrenvolk. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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