seg·​re·​ga·​tion·​ist | \ ˌse-gri-ˈgā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce segregationist (audio) \

Definition of segregationist

: a person who believes in or practices segregation especially of races

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Part of the impetus of the conversation was the statements that the vice president made about his work with segregationists. Matt Stevens,, "Biden says Harris caught him off guard in debate," 5 July 2019 After the longest filibuster in U.S. Senate history -- lasting 14 hours and 13 minutes by segregationist Robert Byrd -- the act passed the Senate. Leah Asmelash And Brian Ries, CNN, "On this day 55 years ago, America finally outlawed segregation," 2 July 2019 The former vice president found himself on the defensive a lot -- for being the old guy on the block, humble bragging about working with segregationists, opposing busing and his dealings with Senate leader Mitch McConnell., "Joe Biden unsure about when or how to raise his hand at debate becomes a meme," 28 June 2019 Former Vice President Joe Biden, despite the contretemps following his seemingly nostalgic comments about working with segregationists early in his Senate career, retains a sizable lead in early primary states., "Despite missteps, Joe Biden continues to lead poll; Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders look to take advantage," 25 June 2019 Thurmond, a longtime South Carolina senator, was an ardent segregationist for much of his career. NBC News, "Black voters are gravitating toward Biden. South Carolina will put that support to the test.," 21 June 2019 Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "America, We Need to Talk," 20 June 2019 And our family trees were populated by slave owners, Confederates, segregationists. Shauna Stuart |,, "Hosts of NPR’s ‘White Lies’ on how ‘white’ Alabama talks about troubling history," 20 June 2019 Once a mighty power in the building as Senate Republican leader, he had been forced to resign his post following some imprudently affectionate references to his fellow Republican senator, arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of segregationist

1913, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who supports racial segregation

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