seg·​re·​ga·​tion·​ist ˌse-gri-ˈgā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce segregationist (audio)
plural segregationists
: a person who believes in or practices segregation especially of races (see race entry 1 sense 1a)
segregationist adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Lester Maddox, the segregationist who won a crowded Democratic Party primary and became governor of Georgia in 1966, said that God was his campaign manager. Darryl Pinckney, The New York Review of Books, 3 Nov. 2022 Pruitt adds a hot gubernatorial race in the mix between a raging segregationist and a more moderate white man. Rodney Ho, ajc, 26 Sep. 2022 The notorious segregationist George Wallace formed the American Independent Party in 1968 in order to run for president. Joel Mathis, The Week, 1 Aug. 2022 The governor of Alabama and an ardent segregationist, George Wallace was in Laurel, Maryland, campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for president. Diane Bernard, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2022 As the great-granddaughter of slaveowners and the daughter of a segregationist, Mulholland said she was often referred to as a traitor to her race for her civil rights work. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 28 May 2022 In particular, Arkansas Senator John McClellan, a staunch segregationist, led the charge for Title III. Andrew Lanham, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 The judge in the case, Clarence W. Allgood—a segregationist chosen for a lifetime federal appointment by President John F. Kennedy—addressed Motley in patently sexist terms. Tomiko Brown-nagin, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 The arch-segregationist record of Senator Sam Ervin (D., N.C.), who later chaired the Senate’s Watergate committee, is tactfully left unmentioned. Fred O’brien, National Review, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 6 Dec. 2022.

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seg·​re·​ga·​tion·​ist ˌseg-ri-ˈgā-sh(ə-)nəst How to pronounce segregationist (audio)
: a person who believes in, practices, or encourages segregation especially of races

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