su·​prem·​a·​cist | \ sə-ˈpre-mə-sist How to pronounce supremacist (audio) , sü- \

Definition of supremacist

1 : an advocate or adherent of group supremacy

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white supremacists were arrested for painting racial slurs on a church
Recent Examples on the Web The city had been a center of white-supremacist organizing since the seventies, when Posse Comitatus—a virulently racist and anti-Semitic paramilitary movement—was launched there. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "In the Streets with Antifa," 25 Oct. 2020 Several militia experts also described the group as a counterpoint to some of the largely White armed groups in the United States, especially those that have been associated with White supremacist and neo-Confederate ideologies. Nicole Chavez, Ryan Young And Angela Barajas, CNN, "An all-Black group is arming itself and demanding change. They are the NFAC," 25 Oct. 2020 The long-running battle over America's monuments came to a head in 2015 after a White supremacist murdered nine African-Americans at Charleston, South Carolina's Mother Emanuel Church. CBS News, "A monumental reckoning," 11 Oct. 2020 Some are umbrella groups for all manner of sharia-supremacist activism, like the Islamic Society of North America. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Chris Wray Is Right: Antifa Is an Ideological Threat to the United States," 3 Oct. 2020 White-supremacist poll watchers emerged in the Reconstruction era, along with poll taxes designed to prevent supposed repeat voting and other methods to suppress Black voters. Jim Rutenberg, New York Times, "How President Trump’s false claim of voter fraud is being used to disenfranchise Americans.," 30 Sep. 2020 Following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, an ever-widening circle of students on campuses nationwide are re-examining their institutions’ unquestioned genuflection to their white-supremacist heritage. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, "Born Enslaved, Patrick Francis Healy ‘Passed’ His Way to Lead Georgetown University," 8 Sep. 2020 Facebook has applied similar bans in the U.S. to figures such as conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and numerous white-supremacist organizations. Newley Purnell And Rajesh Roy, WSJ, "Facebook, Under Pressure in India, Bans Politician for Hate Speech," 3 Sep. 2020 The movement battled on two fronts: One was the external fight against white-supremacist policies. Washington Post, "Praising the life of John Lewis, and skipping the complexities," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of supremacist

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Nov 2020

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“Supremacist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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: a person who believes that one group of people is better than all other groups and should have control over them

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