ra·​cial·​ism | \ ˈrā-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce racialism (audio) \

Definition of racialism

: a theory that race determines human traits and capacities also : racism

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racialist \ ˈrā-​shə-​list How to pronounce racialist (audio) \ noun or adjective
racialistic \ ˌrā-​shə-​ˈli-​stik How to pronounce racialistic (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of racialism in a Sentence

the racialism of some of the nation's founders seems to contradict their professed belief that “all men are created equal” ugly incidents of racialism at the school have decreased since the introduction of multiracial rap sessions
Recent Examples on the Web Italian fascism, for example, did not rely on anti-Semitism and other racialism the way that the Klan and National Socialism did.12 And the Klan differed in some important ways from those two prototypical fascist movements. Nancy K. Maclean, Slate Magazine, "America’s Brush With Fascism," 20 Mar. 2017 The rub instead is the progressive attempt to undermine all shared public institutions by turning them into left-wing megaphones and in the process condoning the use of violence, obscenity, and racialism. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Progressive Octopus," 26 Sep. 2017 On Nazi racialism, see Mosse, Nazi Culture, 2, 57-60. 12. Nancy K. Maclean, Slate Magazine, "America’s Brush With Fascism," 20 Mar. 2017 Racialists: Racialism is a particular strain of white supremacist belief. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Complete List of Racists," 18 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of racialism

1902, in the meaning defined above

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“Racialism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/racialism. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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