plural -s
often capitalized
dated : advancement of the interests of black people : advocacy of the cause of equal rights for black people
dated : a quality, trait, word, phrase, or manner distinctive or taken to be distinctive of black people

This word was never common and is now extremely rare. It is likely to be offensive if used.

Word History

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of negroism was in 1847

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“Negroism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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