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[nahyt-rahy-der] /ˈnaɪtˌraɪ dər/
one of a band of mounted men, especially in the southern U.S. during Reconstruction, who committed nocturnal acts of violence and intimidation against blacks and black sympathizers.
Origin of nightrider
First recorded in 1875-80; night + rider
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nightriding, noun Unabridged
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  • The pirate and the nightrider are nothing to the fox, for romance and danger.

    Reynard the Fox John Masefield
  • Miss Lucy, she is awful favourable to all this nightrider business.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
British Dictionary definitions for nightrider


a member of a band of mounted and usually masked White people in the southern US who carried out acts of revenge and intimidation at night after the Civil War
Derived Forms
nightriding, noun
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