slaveholder

noun
slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \

Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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slaveholding \ ˈslāv-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce slaveholding (audio) \ adjective or noun

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The university is the latest among many academic institutions that in recent years have taken a new look at campus structures honoring history’s villains: slaveholders, leaders of the Confederacy and propounders of hate. Tatiana Sanchez, SFChronicle.com, "As tensions flare over monuments, universities target California’s mission past," 4 July 2019 Tubman, a 19th-century abolitionist leader, was destined to take the lofty position from the nation’s seventh president, a slaveholder. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Report: $20 redesign was underway well before the delay," 14 June 2019 Unlike many other antislavery advocates, Lincoln avoided emphasizing controversial topics, like the suffering of slaves, the cruelty of slaveholders and the need for blacks to be awarded citizenship rights. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 There have been glaring exceptions, especially in the 1950s and ’60s, but in general the Court has continually defended the powerful against the weak — from slaveholders to segregationists to corporations. Sean Illing, Vox, "The case for abolishing the Supreme Court," 12 Oct. 2018 For me, however, this is a living, breathing portrait of what life must have been like for my ancestors in a country where their children could be taken at the slaveholder’s whim. Solomon Jones, Philly.com, "153 years after Juneteenth, black and brown people are still dehumanized in America | Solomon Jones," 19 June 2018 In 1860, Alabama slaveholder Timothy Meaher chartered the Clotilda, betting—correctly—that they wouldn’t be caught or tried for breaking the law. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’ Tells the Story of the Slave Trade’s Last Survivor," 2 May 2018 In addition to its debates over gender roles, the SBC has struggled to overcome its history as a denomination formed in defense of slaveholders. David Crary And Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "#MeToo cases in the spotlight as Southern Baptists convene," 13 June 2018 In addition to its debates over gender roles, the SBC has struggled to overcome its history as a denomination formed in defense of slaveholders. David Crary And Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "#MeToo cases in the spotlight as Southern Baptists convene," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of slaveholder

1776, in the meaning defined above

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slaveholder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of slaveholder

US : a person who owns slaves

slaveholder

noun
slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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