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

: a person who believes in or practices segregation especially of races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)

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Examples of segregationist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1964, with arch-segregationist George Wallace in town to run for president, National Guardsmen had occupied the streets. Malaika Jabali, Essence, 17 July 2021 Thurmond, the South Carolina segregationist, had been the principal antagonist at Marshall’s confirmation hearings. New York Times, 14 July 2021 Jujamcyn Theatres, the owner of the St. James, is requiring everyone to show proof of vaccination before entering, and perhaps 50 angry anti-vaxxers chanted and waved signs comparing Springsteen, ludicrously, to a segregationist. Christopher Bonanos, Vulture, 27 June 2021 Workers removed a statue of Harry F. Byrd Sr., a former governor, U.S. senator and staunch segregationist, from the state’s Capitol Square on Wednesday morning. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Williams, as Johnson learned, was a passionate segregationist who fought for separate White and Black schools years after the Supreme Court deemed them unconstitutional. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 In May 2020, amid protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, Trump used a segregationist’s reference to suggest that the military might shoot demonstrators who broke the law. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Twenty years later, in 1968, most of those Dixiecrat states went to George Wallace, the former segregationist Democrat running with the American Independent Party, handing Richard Nixon a narrow victory. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 15 May 2021 In 2020, when Trump lifted language from a segregationist to warn that racial justice demonstrators might be shot, Facebook determined that the divisive language did not constitute hate speech. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of segregationist

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of segregationist was in 1913

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“Segregationist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of segregationist

: a person who supports racial segregation

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