white supremacy

noun

1
: the belief that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races
The alt-right is a reactionary conservative movement … . It is characterized by an embrace of fascism, white supremacy, and misogyny …Constance Grady
2
: the social, economic, and political systems that collectively enable white people to maintain power over people of other races
… [William] Kelley turned his considerable intellect and imagination to the question of what it is like to be white in this country, and what it is like, for all Americans, to live under the conditions of white supremacyKathryn Schulz

Examples of white supremacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Civil War ended slavery, and Reconstruction transformed America, but neither eradicated white supremacy. Whitney Nell Stewart, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 July 2024 Despite Hanks’ insistence that the term is not meant to be used in a hateful manner, many members of the far right still use White Boy Summer as a rallying cry for white supremacy, according to GPAHE's report. Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 3 July 2024 This story to me has always summed up the power of white supremacy: Choose a life of bondage or refuse and limp. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 17 June 2024 The 1930s saw the rise of a number of grassroots political organizations through which African Americans built alliances with activists of color from other countries in the global struggle against white supremacy. Keisha N. Blain, Foreign Affairs, 11 Aug. 2020 See all Example Sentences for white supremacy 

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of white supremacy was in 1824

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“White supremacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20supremacy. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

white supremacy

noun
: the belief that the white race is superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races
white supremacist noun

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