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master race

a people or nation, as the Germans during the Nazi period, whose members consider themselves genetically superior to all others and therefore justified in conquering and ruling them.
Origin of master race
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for master race
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  • Here it was that the master race believed that after all freedom of the negro might be well.

  • What a laugh for the oyster kingdom if they could sell Terrans on the idea that they were the master race.

    Greylorn John Keith Laumer
  • You will find there a great deal to confirm your hypotheses and theories about the morality of a master race.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Georg Brandes
  • What was the attitude taken by this master race toward their benighted bondsmen?

  • Proud of one's country, and all that sort of thing: plucky, strong, master race of the world.

    The Cockaynes in Paris Blanchard Jerrold
  • The reason had been made dramatically clear—they, the master race, did not exist in the future.

    The Inhabited Richard Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for master race

master race

a race, nation, or group, such as the Germans or Nazis as viewed by Hitler, believed to be superior to other races German name Herrenvolk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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master race in Culture

master race definition

The expression used by the Nazis in Germany for the race they wanted to create — a pure race of white people suited to rule the world. Extermination was the Nazis' main tool for making the Germans pure. (See Holocaust.)

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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