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Definition of skinned

: having skin especially of a specified kind usually used in combination dark-skinned

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The Friday tweet, the latest in Nehlen’s history of incendiary statements, appears to have been prompted by recent revelations that early British inhabitants are believed to have been dark-skinned. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "GOP politician mocked Meghan Markle with image of prehistoric black Briton. Twitter banned him.," 12 Feb. 2018 Both are very light-skinned, and one, the beautiful Clare, chooses to pass, marrying a violently bigoted man who is unaware of her identity. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Two Classic American Novels About the Madness and Beauty of Race," 9 Jan. 2018 The black-skinned Britons were part of a migration wave of hunter-gatherers that left Africa around 60 thousand years ago, paused in the Middle East, and then swept across Europe around 15,000 years ago. Steven Austad,, "'Cheddar Man' shows that race is only skin deep," 17 Feb. 2018 Your behavior is fueling an unhelpful perception of your leadership — thin-skinned and short-tempered. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Elon Musk can’t stop tweeting, but so far it doesn’t matter," 19 July 2018 Black rhino—some mammalian reflection of the Jurassic, thick-skinned toughness of this landscape—lumber through the ravines, lunching on the weird euphorbia plants that are toxic to most other creatures. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 The platform routinely serves videos espousing neo-Nazi propaganda, phony reports portraying dark-skinned people as violent savages and conspiracy theories claiming that large numbers of leading politicians and celebrities molested children. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Congress missed another chance to hold big tech accountable," 12 Dec. 2018 Doswell said Sox owner Charles Comiskey led the charge to ban Charlie Grant, a light-skinned African-American who also posed as a Native American to try to gain acceptance. Teddy Greenstein,, "White Sox's Tim Anderson inspires Chicago youths during a tour of Negro Leagues Museum," 28 Apr. 2018 But as the fishermen sold more fish, the artisans sold more crafts, and the boat drivers received more customers, the residents of these outlying districts gradually warmed to the sight of light-skinned American tourists in their midst. James F. Mccarty,, "Colombia offers unspoiled beauty for tourists after being unreachable for decades (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: having skin of a specified kind


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Medical Definition of skinned

: having skin especially of a specified kind usually used in combination dark-skinned

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